Positive Pregnancy

Hey world! Well, guess what!? The pregnancy test, I mean 3 pregnancy test came up positive. I have not officially seen a doc yet but 3? Nvm

So my period was late and I was like not again.. My period had always been irregular, once it was late like for 5 months and when it finally came, I was keeling over with pain and thank goodness it was term break. However this time I can feel all the pms symptoms of incoming menses, the sore boobs, the mood swings, the constant cravings and the cramps so I was sure the menses will come on time. Even went to 7-11 below my workplace to buy some pads. 1 day nothing, took one of the pregnancy test strip and was negative. 2 days, nothings, 3 days nothing,  so 7 days which was last Wednesday, I took the cheapo kind of pee stick, took one glance, dismiss as negative and went out to do my work.

So later in the afternoon, I need to do some big business so went back to my bathroom took a peek at the pee stick and had a double take. 2 solid lines. Then I remembered something about having to read the signs within certain amount of time and did some googling, I dismiss it as false positive. Cramps continue and I was starting to get majorly annoyed.

Friday morning decided to take another pee stick and right away 2 solid lines.. Then I told myself its probably not. Decided to buy one of the expensive pee stick Clearblue.

I had reasons, we’ve been trying for almost 1  years plus and nothing. We’ve seen chinese doc and was told will not be easy for both of us. That’s why Praise the Lord, Doctors don’t have the last say.

I digress, so took the clear blue and a big fat solid positive came up. I was shocked, stunned, speechless and scared. Yes I was. Don’t ask why, I also have no idea why. Showed King and he could not stop grinning.

So, I’m guessing its about 4 weeks since the ovulation but I could not be sure. Will not be publishing this post till a later date.

 

Fast forward to today~ March 22nd.

Spent the last 2 months puking every single thing I ate, feeding the toilets good stuffs and beverages. All day sickness lasted whole day and I was mostly weak and too exhausted to do much, do anything or be nice. Right hip is killing me with the ache and I’m drowning in contents and curriculum I’m writing for upcoming lessons, camps and whatsoever.

Now I am so looking forward to April trip to Taipei again since Oct trip was canceled.

Hope Baby Raindrop cooperates and don’t give mummy a bad time there. Mum and Dad have been showering me with care and concern considering it was really difficult for me to conceive. Managed to convince mummy to do confinement for me! Muackz! Hubs has been taking care and accompanying me as much as he can. Making hot water for me to drink in the middle of the night. Love you Love!

P.S. will upload Baby Raindrop ultrasound next post!

A whole year of happenings

I really wanted to blog a few times before, but but but… I have so many so many things to do.

Its being 1 years and 2 months.. Guess where I’m going next month again? Yes! TAIPEI AGAIN! This time with my parents, my husband and my 2 sisters. Triple Combo huh.

I would blog about last Taipei trip with my sisters but I fell terribly ill during that trip. Fortunately, I have my sisters to take care of me while I still bring them around and acting as their tour guide. I will just bring them to a location and sit there feeling sorry for myself while they shop and once in a while check on me lol.

Think I have a few photos of that trip lying around. Be right back, let me check.

Minimal but will suffice…

 

Ok So once we reach Taoyuan Airport, we took the bus to Taoyuan HSR to Taipei Main Station. We met our Airbnb owner there and he walked us through the stuffs in Airbnb and introduce us to the nearby eateries and such. It was the most convenient place to stay, which is why in upcoming trip, we booked his bigger place for 6 peeeps.

We unpacked and packed our backpack for Onsen at Beitou. This time, I’ve decided to try Beitou Hotspring Resort instead. We took the public indoor onsen which is way better than what we had at Tian Yue Hot Spring.

So both of my elder sis and me were comfy walking around naked at the onsen. Our younger sister were squirmishly funny. Lol.

We hit Tamsui for snacks and really enjoyed ourselves. There was a newly opened 86小铺 at Tamsui and we hit the store for MKUP cosmetics! Here’s my haul. My sisters bought more I think! LOL

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Day 2, Monday

I had planned a meetup with 1 of my part time colleague Jenny! She went Taiwan for holiday too with her 2 friends! So we decided to charter a 7 seater car and make our way up to Yeliou, Jiufen and whatsoever.

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My colleague!

I was getting a bit feverish due to the sore throat I have but nothing beats my enthusiasm for Jiufen.

We dropped by Yeliou. My sisters and I were not so fond of the Geo Park of rock statues so we decided to just explore the market outside. There were a lot of dried seafood for sale. We had had had to buy the Pork Sausage there since I remembered it was the best sausage ever there at Yeliu for some reason. Then my sisters say Pig Blood soup and there’s no going back.  Simple and Awesome.

 

 

We went up to Jiufen after and it was terribly crowded! Knowing the way to my favorite eatery in Jiufen, I lead them down the stairways to the bnb I previously stayed and lo and behold, the cozy eatery right there, their rice wine is really good!

Songshan Cultural Park, Eslite and Dabbling in art

I was just back from Taipei like a few days ago. Fell Really Sick! That’s another story altogether but I’m still posting on the previous Taipei trip. That’s how badly I procrastinated. Almost towards the end of the trip.

Before I went, I really had this wanting to try my hands at blowglass art much thanks to the Nora Roberts’ “Born in Fire Series” My favorite of all her books tbh.

So imagine my excitement when I found out I can actually try out my noob hands at creating a piece of glass art albeit with all the help by the instructor.

Had our 7-11 breakfast at 8am plus..

 

Made our way to Songshan Cultural Park Eslite at 9am in the morning in excitement just to realize the Eslite mall which is connected to the hotel only opens at 11am. Faints.

Arty Farty Graffiti

 

Eslite hotel connected to the mall.

Luckily for us, we found an awesome cafe that opens at 10am just right outside the vicinity.

Love their hot chocolate.

Slurp~~ Their interior was awesome too with knicks knacks to spend your TWD.

Found another book cafe just inside the cultural park.

1st floor features designer fashion!

2nd floor is where you get to try your hands on different crafts. I tried glassblowing and ceramics.

That’s the student before me. Was so excited!

While waiting for my turn, I saw some others practicing calligraphy! *impressed*

The instructor walked me through the whole process and actually doing most of the work! But I love love love my end product! So chio seh!

My ceramic cup, it has to be baked and sent to me via mail unlike the glass blowing which I could get the next day.

Hub try ceramic painting a teacup! ahahhaa

So focused!

Ciao for now!

Neihu Refresh Farm

Sorry for the long hiatus as its really hard to blog about Taiwan when I realized I will be going again in.. from this moment while typing about 11 days. All courtesy of my older sister Cheryl who is determined to drag me and my younger sister Mabel to sisters bonding trip. My thoughts were ‘Huh! Taipei again!????’

I do blame my long hiatus from blogging about the rest of the trip to my husband and I…. we are PROUD owner of a humble HDB flat! Renovation is currently in progress and we could hardly hardly hardly wait! You can guess how busy we were and still are.

I digress…

So hubs and I were back in Taipei from Jiufen that previous day and we woke up again at 7+ am in the morning due to our timely body clock. We were supposed to go Neihu Refresh farm for fruit picking! It was cold in the morning, and hubs made the wise decision to call up the farm. The friendly Ossan told us to come at about 1pm. So we totally Nua and laze around. We decided to have Taiwan’s famous Instant noodle for breakfast and oh goshes and moshes, check that pieces of meat on top of hubs’s sesame chicken noodle!

And my Hua tiao wine instant noodles!

They were so delicious I bought a whole bag of instant noodles back as souvenirs!

I requested to have Taiwan milk tea which I was allergic to tea, or anything with caffeine. That means I will probably take a sip and passed the rest to my hubs.. and he gave me this look..

And realized I took a sneak shot of his expression. There you go!

Screenshot of the website! Address is there! You are welcome!

We took MRT to Dahu, and took a cab up to Neihu Refresh Farm!

Did I mention it was still winter and real chilly.. especially up the hill..

We loooove the smell of fresh air and nature!

There is this beautiful tranquil pond there!

The walk to the reception site! The floor is real slippery!

Check out the beautiful creek!!!! We actually met some fellow Singaporeans there as well!

Cold…

The Ossan said there are strawberries, tangerine (mikans) and some other in which I forgot. We chose to pick the strawberries which goes by weight and tangerines as well!

Wife is happy!

The ripe, the almost ripe and the unripe.

First 2 picks.

And hubs found a tulip shaped strawbie!

And a odd shaped one!

Hubs so happy with his haul!

Washed one and stuffed his mouth!

Yumz, tart!

We are allowed to eat the tangerines on the spot! And they were in our unanimous opinions, more delicious that the strawberries!

The grove itself is picturesque…

I’m in paradise!!

We chose the big ones!

Yay, managed to get a prize!

MUST try on the spot!

So beautiful eh!

Peeling another one!

Bountiful tree!

Still eating.. and definitely going back again! We called a cab down and made our way to Ximending.

Have to try the famous Ah Zong Mian Xian!

Hit the right spot in this chilly weather! And insist I was still hungry, we went to a beef noodle eatery.

Beef udon.. was ok!

Side dishes!

Beef cubes! I love this!

Shopping.. alas, most of the fashion on sales are winter clothing.

Love the night scene when the lanterns lit up.

 

 

Continue down Pingxi Line- Jing Tong

We continue down Pingxi Line and contemplated that we only have enough time for 2 more stops before shops started to close. They close early as it was Dec winter time and daylight wane real early. We decided to go on to the stops we did not get a chance to, the last time we came. We got off at the last stop Jing Tong (菁桐).

Right in front of the train station..
25KM to Shifen (十分) and 0km to Bliss (幸福) according to the signs of the building.

I do love old streets, though this street was already flooding with tourists.. Ahem I was one of them. I love the old buildings, the overflowing wish bamboos hung all over the street, the friendly storekeepers, the street food seller. I love them, not something you can see in Singapore much. The rustic feel of the place makes for photographic background! BTW all the photos were taken with my iPhone, I was really reluctant to lug around even my 4/3 camera. We wanted to immerse ourselves in the experience and not be bogged down my bulky items.

Beautiful evergreen covered building with the wish bamboos again!

Sitting on the railway track for a photo. Quite dangerous I must say, which I will explain.

There were a lot of people at the railway track all taking selfies, wefies and whats not. A family of 4, parents with their young son and daughter were also busy taking photos when the sound for incoming train sounded. All the people scrambled to the platform which was quite high for the young children. Seeing the train approaching, I reach out to help the little girl up the platform as the mother helped her son and called for her husband. A few seconds in which the train arrived at the station. They thanked me and look flustered. I held my tongue, was not going to tell them  my heart almost stopped.. Geez

Cute little direction post pointing you to the right direction yo!

Spotted a lone rustic building across the station!

Doesn’t this street looks like something out of spirited as well or some fairy tale?

It was starting to get dark, and we were getting hungry. Our mission was to find food but we keep getting distracted!

Check out this Beauty and Beast cafe with their display, sadly it was closed already T_T

This picture was really random ahahahaha! As you can see though, most of the shops were closed or closing already.. I do wonder though, where were the dude rushing to..

Somehow, we came across the bridge, the memory got hazy though..

And look we got food! Simple but delicious fare! Braised meat rice (Hub’s fav) and golden needle flower soup or something! I love that soup! Light with a gentle fragrance!

Back to our Bnb at Jiufen and it was already pitch dark. The view from our airbnb balcony. Twas winter and the night feels really cool and dreamy. Felt so happy to be away from Singapore hustle and bustle once in a while. I still love you a lot Singapore!! ❤

Another picture, you can see the sea far off. Good night good people~

Will write about Jiufen (九份) and Jinguashi (金瓜石)in the next post. And maybe more since my kuku husband just gave me the photos he took in his phone.. *grumbles*

First gym session using GuavaPass~

When was the last time I exercise!?????? Almost ten years ago!!! Need to shed the extra kilos yo!

So as recommended by my good Friend Fleurbaby, I signed up for GuavaPass… my referral coupon code if you please~

(will get you $40 off your first bill) CandyLovesGuava18333

For some reason, the first class I chose was some fitness circuit interval training at Extreme Fitness West Coast… was the only student who booked that late class slot!!! So turns out I have a personal trainer for that hour… I NEARLY DIED!!! 

I preempt my trainer Stanley it’s been a reallllllll looong time since I had any form of damn exercise! He was really humorous and encouraging though, trying to push at my limits which is really not much at all to be honest. 

Half an hour into it, I was already lolling and rolling off the yoga mat and bargaining with my trainer… 

Planks in progress- supposedly 1 minute~ 

Candy: Huh!!!?? 1 minute ah! 30 secs can!? I can barely feel my legs already!!

Trainer S- ok can

In the end never even lasted 20 seconds!

The most Jialat student ever…

Alright, that’s the first experience~ updates on further bookings… 

Update on Toreba Crane Game (not an ad)

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​Update: I received the first shipment of the 2 Gloomy Bears! Was so excited, I felt my inner kid almost bursting out of my skin. Phew Breathe!

It came in this box and not as heavy as I thought! Duh!

 

Lined my 2 sisters and my hubs! I was that excited!

And the unveiling….!

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2 huge Gloomy bears!!! ❤

 As promised the videos of the Toys Drop! 

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Toreba crane game craze

Recently just recently I downloaded this Toreba crane game and got a little addicted to it. It works just like a 娃娃机. They are real crane machines situated in Japan and they can be Controlled using the app and of course requires real money… 

So I won 2 gloomy bears a few weeks ago… ​


They ship overseas to Singapore for free so I was pretty happy. Well they do earn quite a bit from the plays I guess considering the cost of toys and the pricing they charge per play. I play for the satisfaction of it..

Anyway today I was feeling a little jaded with CNY and so on… when Husband gave me $100 just for me to play the game! And I won 2 stuff toys again!! So that made my day! I will upload the videos when I’m on my laptop! For now, the screenies of the toys I won! 


P.S. I did not spend all 100 on the game lol!