Happy 3.5 yo Yvette

We love Polar cake. Simple and nice so this morning after seeing Yu Ren Sheng, I brought her to get a cake.

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It’s her half birthday and our customary anniversary but too bad the daddy not in town and neither we can join him at Perth.

I brought this cake to mum’s place to cut. It will be boring to cut just with me, I guess.

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She was thrilled. (Can you see the yellow candles is half of those on the cake? I cut the yellow into an half to represent half.)

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Happy Half Birthday Yvette. Mama & Papa love you!.

(P/S: She has changed so much since she was three. There will be a post of her detail developments coming up.)

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Celebrating D’s 41st Birthday

It’s rather easy for us to plan program over weekend as we didn’t have much activity fixed on these two days. I am thinking to remove Chinese Class and add in a Art Class for Yvette but still in the process. Reason of removing Chinese class because Yvette doesn’t want to accept the fact she will be alone (an unaccompanied class). Let’s see how it goes for the next three months.

We didn’t do grocery shopping yesterday. We have done that on Friday. And so we went Tangs to get D’s birthday present after her music class. I brought a pair of shoes for D. (The gifts we are giving each other are getting more and more practical.) The iPad kept Yvette very occupied because I have downloaded two Peppa Pig apps for her. (Each cost us US$4.99)

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Then we headed to met  up with my SIL’s family to celebrate D’s 41 birthday at Jumbo. (Our favorite restaurant.)

Before we reached the restaurant, we passed by Marble Stab and this doting father decided to give Yvette a treat.

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Finally we reached the restaurant at Riverwalk. Love crab especially the pepper crab!! We have cake cutting after our meal and that made Yvette very very happy. (Though she didn’t get to blow off the candle. I guess she has learnt that she shouldn’t blow off others’ candle from the CC.)

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We strolled around Boat Quay after our dinner and found out there were some fair on the street along the river.

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Finally we walked in to Merchant Court hotel to have some drinks before we called for day.

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We had really late night.

Don’t judge us!

FIL’s 85th Birthday Day Celebration

As my father is not able to see anymore and he also has difficulty to walk a long distance; celebrate his birthday at home is the best arrangement for him.

I didn’t cook much. Lack of time for such preparation. We ordered food from store. I cook Mee Suan for FIL and with some Roasted Meat and egg.

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Here’s the cake with ordered and Yvette was thrilled.

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The feel was good but suddenly my Yvette burst into tears.

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Reason?

We took picture for FIL and his four children and Yvette was not allowed to join in.

Nevertheless, I wish my FIL good health and hope we still have many many years with him.

The Secret Of My Cupcake

I will give the credit for my success of my cupcake to JJ Mummy. Although she was not the first mummy who inspired me to bake cake for my child, but her “easy made” cup cake set off my desire. And definitely with her help, that made this uphill task much easier.

She sent me her recipe (see below) and she shared her tips with me on how to deal with fondant.

Ingredients (approximately for 15 cupcakes):
Butter: 250gm
Sugar: 250gm
Self Raising Flour: 250gm
Eggs: 5pcs
Baking Powder: 1/4 tsp
Milk: 20gm (normally I use my boy milk powder)

Method:
1) Preheat the oven at 170degree
2) Sift the flour
3) Beat the butter and sugar
4) Add in egg one at a time
5) Next add in the sifted flour
6) Lastly add in the milk powder
7) Bake at 170degree for 30mins

She also shared with me where to get fondant. And this is the address given by her (below):

SUNLIK TRADING PTE LTD
33 Seah Street,
Singapore 188389

I didn’t get the fondant from the shop. I got it from Phoon Huat. But I still make a trip to the shop with D. And so glad that I did.

There was a need to get the letter cutter for this trip but in the end I decided to get the alternative. I am not too sure I will be continue making cupcake after her birthday thus decided not to make investment for this letter cutter.

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As I have already “played” with the fondant before I went down to this shop. I know my weakness and hence, the ready made fondant came in handy.

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So it is not exactly pure luck. But still, I know I am lucky to get all the help I need from JJ Mummy and putting in my constant effort to bake the cupcake for Yvette’s birthday possible.

Our Very First Icing Experience

While waiting for my SIL to come, we waited outside the Icing Room at J8. Yvette was really captivated by the scene inside the shop. Everyone was so busy decorating their cake and suddenly D pop out an idea asking Yvette: “Do you want to decorate the cake?”

And the answer for his question was actually “Yes”!

Awwww… I don’t agree.

First we never do anything like this before.

Second, it’s not cheap. $11.80 for the very small cake. I can’t remember how “expensive” is the big one.

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She was really enjoy playing with the icing and enjoy eating them too.

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Here’s our one and only cake!

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A Belated Birthday Present from my SIL to Yvette.

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Another Celebration With Velda & Zac

P/S: This outing took place on last Friday (13th May 2011) afternoon & evening.

After the celebration in school, we headed back home to rest and waited a call from Stella. We wanted to go zoo but the weather turned against us. So we waited and waited and waited finally around 2 plus, Mr Sun decided to come out and work again.

We wanted to travel to Zoo by cab but somehow, we didn’t manage to get one and then we decided to take public transport instead. We took train to Ang Mo Kio and then waited Bus 138 which took forever to come. And the “best” outcome arising due to the wait was and must be due to missing her nap, Yvette throw tantrum without any warning given. Luckily the bus came in time and I could nurse her on the bus and that stopped her tantrum and sent her to her slumber land.

Phew. And it was a smooth ride as there was no traffic on our way there.

We decided to sign up for a year Zoo membership after some consideration for S$173.34 after 10% discount. (10% discount was given either using OCBC credit card or SAF 11B.) And luckily, D brought along his card. So men, don’t ask your maid to carry your backpack ok. After all you should be proud you are serving the national!)

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I checked and ensure Yvette was still sleeping when we moved into the Zoo but suddenly we heard her voice when we passed by Flamingo. “Mummy, I wanted to see Flamingo!” @_@ Good timing. Flamingo is her favorite bird.

We didn’t spend much time looking at the animal because I need to catch up with Stella’s family who already at the water play.

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As I thought Yvette will key up after seeing how happy Velda and Zac were –  playing the water, surprise kicked in. She didn’t want to get wet at all!!!!!!!!!!!

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She complained and fussed over after Velda carried her into the water play….. Awwwww…….. strange little girl I have here!!!!!! Anyway, since she didn’t want to play at all and Velda and Zac had played for more than 30 mins, we decided to quit and left the place. We took the tram to the exit and  had some snacks in KFC before we drove off by Stella to her place.

Then on the car on their way back to Stella’s house and of course, so much fun playing together. Again, Yvette only want to play with Velda and Zac was forever being forgotten. In the end, D started to play with Zac and read him story book.

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We have dinner at the nearby coffee shop before we proceeded to my sister’s place. (My sister stay with her MIL now as they are still waiting for their flat. And this flat is just 5 mins drive away.) The only regret was, we forgotten to buy another cake for Yvette so that she can have another round of candle blowing.

P/S: Read Stella’s entry about the outing too!

The Celebration In School

P/S: This celebration took place on last Friday – 13th May 2011.

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My expressive Yvette! (I gathered her expression together during the set up for the cake and cake cutting.)

The celebration in school is simple yet a meaningful event. This is something Yvette looks very forward into. Celebrating birthday isn’t about us anymore. It is more about Yvette and how Yvette want to carry them out.

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This cake chosen by Yvette!

I woke up very early in the morning (about 5 am) to bake those lovely cupcakes for her. (Haha.. don’t be fooled by me. There are many tricks  I have taken to make these cupcakes lovely!!!! (will share soon.)) I also prepared some hotdog, corn and brought some drinks for the celebration. And luckily, my niece and nephew came over to our place to help to carry those food to school. However, since this was the first time we celebrate Yvette’s birthday in school, there are things we have forgotten to bring along. Items like plastic plate, fork were missed out.

The school had fire drill in the morning so the timing for celebration was schedule an hour later (at 11.00 am). When we reached school, the teachers gathered the students in front of the board and helped to set up the table for us. D was a little nervous… (so funny) having so many little eyes (20 over students from Yvette’s class and the class beside their class – N1B & N1C) staring at us while we set up the cake with the teachers. Yvette on the other hand, was waiting very patiently.

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During the cake cutting, we didn’t turn off the light to sing the song because there was one little boy who was really afraid of dark and he had started to cry before we agreed with the arrangement. We were fine with the light on actually. (Not to frighten the boy too.) They sang her a English and as well as Chinese Birthday song and that made my little Yvette very very happy.

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After all the candles were blown off

The teachers helped us to distribute the cake and  got the children sat on the table. Most tots could wait for everyone, a handful was too eager to eat the cake and the snack we brought to school. As for Yvette, she also waited patiently with her best friend, Crystal sitting right beside her.

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Her best friend in school - Crystal Tan!

It was really heartwarming to witness and involve this meaningful event. (Some of my friend’s children were born in the month end and they will normally miss the celebration in school due to closing in the end of the month.) I wonder if I can be involved if I work full time. Again I was reminded how lucky I was….

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Yvette couldn't take her eyes off the cake!

Once again I will like to shout – Happy Birthday My Girl!!! Papa and Mama love you!