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And the winner is…

Thank you, all of you, for taking part in the Tupperware giveaway. We had more than 140 entries (wow!) and as much as I would love to give each and everyone of you a $100 voucher, there can only be one winner.

Aaaaaaaaaand the winner is…….*drum roll*

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Congratulations Cheryl! *cue confetti and pounding tiu tiu tiu music* You will be receiving an email from me very shortly with details on how to claim your prize.

Winner’s name was auto generated using Rafflecopter.

 

 

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The first birthday

Last year, I was pregnant with Elliott on my birthday. It was a birthday filled with anticipation and hope as we await the arrival of the little one that was going to change our life forever. This year, I celebrated my first birthday as a mother.

As the boy was at work, I decided that I will go get myself a nice 2-hour massage as a birthday treat. Interestingly, he had the same idea as well and also called the spa to try and book me a session. That was pretty funny. Anyhoo, I headed to my favourite Lush Spa located on the grounds of the Singapore Polo Club. It was only my second visit after my first in 2010.

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Thankfully, the place and service hasn’t changed and I had an absolutely wonderful massage session with a Filipina therapist named Joyce. She could tell that my body was in bad shape and worked very hard on it. I like deep tissue massages and it was exactly that. I also love that the environment is quiet and tranquil, and importantly, there is no hard selling and the therapist does not try and engage you in conversation. I was in such a blissed-out state post-massage, I was thankful that home was only a short drive away!

That evening, we headed to the nearby mall to have dinner at Swensen’s with a simple celebration because I had a birthday voucher thingy. Did you know that if you head to Swensen’s on your actual birthday (just flash your identity card), you get a Firehouse ice-cream sundae on the house? Also, this series of photos will prove once again how difficult it is to take a proper photo with a (squirming) baby.

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The next evening, the boy took me for a nice dinner at Wild Rocket at Mount Emily. We left Elliott at home with his Por Por and it was nice to dress up, wear proper make-up and put on jewellery! The recently-renovated restaurant was small but very lovely. I felt like I was dining at a restaurant in Tokyo. Service was top-notch (attentive without being intrusive) and at the end of the meal, I was surprised with a chocolate lava dessert cake from the restaurant and a whole cake (the Nutella Layered Cake from Podi – very yums!!) from the boy.

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He told me that he had to balance the cake precariously while on the bus on the way to dinner. Awwww. That green dessert thingy you see is the Pandan-infused Panna Cotta with Gula Melaka. It was a burst of flavours and really interesting (in a good way). It is always nice to sit down and have a nice leisurely dinner without baby. We took almost 2 hours (!!) and had lovely adult conversation.

When we got home, Elliott was asleep but we decided that he had to get up to cut the cake with the birthday girl. Never mind that he was in his pyjamas. Ha! So yes, we nudged him awake (which wasn’t too difficult, really) and got him to pose for these photos. Did I mention that he loves it when we sing the birthday song? His face will light up and he’d keep smiling.

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This picture makes me laugh. My mum (the photographer) managed to capture this priceless shot of Moon sneaking a lick on Elliott’s face. It’s not a perfect family photo but it is a priceless one.

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miss ene eats: Chicken cutlet from Rasa Sayang

We like eating the chicken cutlet from Ang Mo Kio Central’s S11. The stall is called Rasa Sayang and they serve one of the crispiest and most flavourful chicken cutlet from a kopitiam Western food stall. Check out the portion size!

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For the record, the boy’s dinner is on the left. Mine’s the one with a portion of fried rice. No, I did not manage to finish eating all that rice but I did eat about 3/4 of it. Can’t tell how huge it is? Here’s how large it is compared to my palm.

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All that for $5.50! Very good value for money and it makes for a very satisfying (albeit guilty) meal. That’s one of the things I love about Singapore – delicious food at cheap prices. Burp.

Go check it out if you haven’t heard of it! This is the S11 opposite Jubilee Square.

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miss ene checks out Tokyu Hands

When I was heading to Tokyo, I remember my colleague telling me that I die-die MUST check it out. My mum bought a couple of foldable large umbrellas from the outlet at Shibuya and have been raving about them since. Hence, imagine my excitement when I found out that Tokyu Hands was opening up a store in Singapore. Woot woot!

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Located at Westgate in Jurong, this local outlet is no where close to the ones in Tokyo, size-wise. But hey, better than nothing, right? This is apparently the first store in Southeast Asia and is located on level 1 at Lobby A. This little fact is important because if you’re trying to manage a stroller and a squirmy baby, you want to park close to Lobby A and use the lift for direct access.

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Right at the entrance were these Mr Friendly products. These are the BFF’s favourite so I sent her these pictures to annoy her. Hur hur.

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Thankfully, it wasn’t crowded on a weekday. I am sure it is a different picture on weekends. This little corner made me think of my feline-loving friends. Such a cute kitty wall sticker!

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Naturally, the umbrella section is my mum’s favourite. We peeked at the price for the large ones and it was about $90. Wow.

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These glue tubs reminded me of the ones we used when we were in primary school. Since these are made of corn starch, they’re probably a safe bet for children?

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I also noted that Tokyu Hands sell pretty strange stuff. Like this weird contraption that’s shaped like a butt. I didn’t read the details but based on the pictures, it looks like it’s for firming your butt and calf muscles?

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You can also buy in-soles to correct bow legs. Hmmm…ok.

 

 

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Oh and this intrigued me. Ronaldo (the famous footballer) endorses it and it’s supposed to help you to warm up and cool down before and after exercise. Whaaat? How does it even work?! And it’s $450!

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Amazingly, we walked out of the shop empty-handed save for a card. It’s quite fun to browse and might be a good place to get quirky gifts for special occasions.

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Sponsored post (with giveaway!): Tupperware

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For as long as I can remember, I grew up in a household where Tupperware was the brand to use when it came to storage containers. My mum was and still is a huge fan of the brand. She had Tupperware containers in all shapes, sizes and colours and I remember fondly how she’d always use Tupperware only whenever she had something to store. In fact, she still hoards owns some of the retro-looking ones from the early 80s! I would be happy to take a picture of it but it is buried deep inside the storeroom. Maybe one day, I’d take them out to photograph them.

When you say “Tupperware”, typical words like “aunty” or “old fashioned” would come up. I guess that’s because many aunties swear by the brand and perhaps, in the past, designs and colours weren’t exactly “happening”. I have to admit that I thought the same way too. Not until recently when Jaslin from Tupperware SG contacted me to do a blog review of Tupperware products. Now, I’m a big fan of organising stuff (bordering on OCD behaviour) and when she very generously said that I could choose anything from the September catalogue for this review, I was beyond excited.

I did not realise that Tupperware now carries products for lil’ ones too!

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Call me shallow but I love the shade of purple/pink in this set:

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Click here to view the September catalogue in detail.

As a nursing mother, staying hydrated is important. I know this for a fact but sadly, I always forget to pack along a water bottle when I’m out with Elliott. I’d then end up feeling really thirsty and have to run around trying to buy myself a drink. I was happy to see that Tupperware has a cute 310 ml water bottle that comes in a pack of 3. As all mothers will know, our diaper bags are usually already packed to the brim so this little bottle is perfect :)

Since it comes in a pack of 3, you can leave them in your diaper bag, your office bag (if you’re a working momma) and one as a back-up. Not sure about you but my pregnancy brain has now morphed into mummy brain which means I misplace things all the time. Pffft. The Eco Bottle (the official name) is also available in larger sizes (up to 1 litre) to fit each individual’s needs. I understand from Jaslin that these Eco Bottles are really popular and are often on the verge of being sold out!

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I was also excited at these storage containers. (I know, it’s a bit sad getting excited over storage containers….) I love my stuff to be placed in a neat manner. This is why I cannot wait to move into our new home where I can start placing things where they should belong. Currently, loads of our stuff are packed away in boxes and stuff that I use are haphazardly placed into any empty shelves that are available. You have no idea how much that stresses me. So yes, these Modular Mates got me excited. This is the “Starter Set” so if you have never used or bought Tupperware, this 5-piece is a good set to start with!

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Tupperware is well-known for keeping things air-tight. There’s nothing worst than discovering that my prized Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies (my current craze and saviour on all baby-will-not-nap days) has gone all soft when I feel like having them a couple of days later. Pfffft. My mum also loves her popcorn and keropok and Tupperware keeps them fresh and crispy. Also, now that Elliott has started on solids, I am using the small Modular Mate (top in picture, below) to store his Brown Rice Cereal from Healthy Times. Look carefully and you can spot my stash of chocolate chip cookies in the orange container .

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The orange container is part of the Orange Canister Set which comes in 3 sizes – 1.1L, 1.7L and 2.4L. It also comes in blue, green and purple.

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Other than storage containers, Tupperware also carries products for the fridge. When we were living on our own (before Elliott came along), I used to have to throw away loads of vegetables and fruits that have spoilt because I kept them for too long in the fridge.

This VentSmart Rectangular Medium High (4.4L) allows you to store perishables in a clean manner, keeping them fresh for a longer period of time. Look carefully at the cover – these unique venting system helps to regulate the atmosphere inside the container by balancing the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide passing in and out of the container, and can be adjusted according to the type of vegetables or fruits stored. It all sounds really high-tech and honestly, as long as it works, I’m happy! I couldn’t help but laugh when I took this picture – don’t we look like we are feeding a bunch of rabbits? Hur hur.

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Last but not least, I got the Twinkle Snack Cup (150 ml) for Elliott. I foresee us having to carry snacks along with us when he gets the hang of solids. It has an easy to open tab and as the cap is attached to the cup, there is no worry that the cup (or cap) will be misplaced. It is also hardy to withstand little hands (and chewers). As you can see from the picture, Elliott was having a field day flinging the cup about.

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GIVEAWAY!

Tupperware SG is giving away S$100 worth of Tupperware products, inclusive of FREE DELIVERY in Singapore. The winner gets to choose any Tupperware product from the October catalogue! To qualify, simply click here for details.

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This giveaway is open to all readers residing in Singapore and ends at midnight, 30 September 2014. Winner will be announced in October on this blog and on Instagram so check back then!

Note: miss ene received Tupperware products in return for this sponsored post. All views and opinions expressed are her own.