9 years. 💕
Getting out once in a while for a change of scenery and some fresh air. I love how quiet and empty the streets have been recently. More people seem to be going out these days, but it’s still much quieter outside as compared to before the circuit breaker started. Will we ever see the streets of Singapore this empty again?
1 month old! I’m glad the whole family got to spend Joshua’s first month together since we didn’t get to do that for Ethan. “Joshua” wasn’t actually in the list of names we had shortlisted for this baby, but when he arrived, the ones in our list didn’t seem to feel right... and we decided on “Joshua” on the spot. I hope he grows into a happy kid!
Received a bouquet of flowers from our neighbor today! They’ve also been giving us food recently since they started cooking at home regularly because of the Coronavirus pandemic. We’re really lucky to have good neighbors.
1 week old! I had a feeling that this little one would come early, but I definitely didn’t expect labour to begin by having my water break in the middle of the night. Had to call husband to catch the first flight back, and my parents to send me to the hospital. It took so long for everyone to pick up the phone, since everyone was fast asleep. Even my OB was talking to me in his half-asleep voice when the hospital put me through to him. Everything went smoothly after that though. Got my ride to the hospital, while my MIL took care of Ethan at home. My contractions were still mild when I got the hospital, and I got an early epidural, so I wasn’t in pain at all throughout the birth. Husband managed to make it to the hospital an hour before I had to push, and the baby arrived with half an hour of pushing and some assistance. Definitely a much smoother birth and more positive experience as compared to Ethan’s birth, where I was in much more pain and had some complications. Joshua’s early arrival turned out to be a blessing. It happened just before everyone entering the country had to adhere to a 14-day stay home notice, which would have meant that I would have had to give birth alone. And because husband’s workplace has turned to online teaching this week, he gets to be home for longer. Giving birth during the Covid-19 pandemic is stressful, and I’m constantly worried that someone will fall ill, but at least for now the whole family is here together.
3D2N family cruise on Genting Dream. The ship was lovely, the bed was extremely comfortable and the food was fine, but the check-in process was terrible! There was a lack of signs directing everyone where to go, and it took some time to figure out where the end of the lines were. It was very crowded, tempers were flaring because of the lack of clear signs and instructions, and the staff were getting upset with people not doing what they were told... it was a really unpleasant experience that left a black mark on the whole trip. (And not just for myself - there were other people saying that after that check-in experience, they were never going to cruise on Genting Dream again.) If you’re going with young children, or people who might have not be able to tolerate the queueing conditions, this might be something you need to take into consideration and/or work around. Thankfully, disembarkation was a much more pleasant process. Overall, I did have a good time, but I don’t think I want to go on another cruise anytime soon because of the check-in process. #gentingdream #gentingdreamcruise
Went for a late morning walk at Jurong Lake Gardens today. I do go there quite often, but usually to the north side where the play areas are. It was nice taking a solo stroll, just enjoying the peace and nature all around. I didn’t have time to walk all the way to the southern promenade, so I’ll have to find another time to do that! (Is there anything interesting there though?) #lakesidegarden #juronglakegardens
Had lunch at the Starbucks Roastery at Nakameguro today. We got in pretty quickly, but the queue for food and drinks was rather slow-moving. Food costs ~¥1000, and for drinks it varies depending on what you get. There isn’t much to do in that area, other than shop at the donki beside. #starbucks #tokyo #japan