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Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year!

Where did 2013 go? Last year this time, I was pregnant and suffered from very bad morning sickness. This year this time, we have Asher in our arms. Every year this time, I like to reflect on the year and focus on my goals for 2014.

Highlights 2013

-We travelled back to Singapore/KL in February and March. It was such a relaxing trip spending time with our family. We splurge and stayed in Marina Bay Sands.

– We celebrated our 4th year wedding anniversary at Bistro Guillaume with my big tummy.

– This is the longest period that I have not worked. I went on maternity leave in June in anticipation of Asher and took time to enjoy the period before he arrived. It was a time of reflection as I know life will never be the same again! A dear friend even threw me a baby shower!

– I spent 3 months with my family. What a treat. My mother, father and grandmother travelled from Singapore and stayed with us when Asher arrived. I was so spoilt by them. There is something about being around them that made me feel so looked after.

– My in laws came and fell in love with Asher.

– I turned 30! I spent the day relaxing with hubby and Asher, squeezed in a massage and even managed a boxing session in the afternoon.

– BIGGEST highlight. Asher arrived.

You see, there was once a time when I thought I may never be able to experience having a new born baby in my arms. I promised myself that if I do fall pregnant, I will take it as it comes. Yes, the morning sickness was bad, I gained heaps of weight, labour was handwork and the recovery wasn’t pleasant. But I would do it all over again

– I have continued to eat healthier and ventured into the world of clean desserts!
– I have gained heaps of baby weight and lost pretty much of it.
– Learned how to brew soups and more Chinese meals from my grandmother.

As for my goals for 2013..

  • Continue to eat clean food by using less processed ingredients and fresh ones. Checked! 
  • Fulfil last year goal of making creme brûlée! I still have to find butene…….  NOT CHECKED! I still need to find butane… 
  • Definitely more home styled asian dishes. I don’t think I did enough last year. And if I can, make more kuehs! Oh, perhaps making bak kwa! Checked! I made Bak Kwa!!! I made Kueh, hand pulled noodles, Ginger Wine Chicken and I made Chinese drum lets
  • Definitely more baking.  I did! And some more clean baking too. 
  • Keeping it simple. Reduce commitments and learn how to breathe more Checked! Nothing like a baby that keeps life simpler. 
  • Maybe looking at developing my blog further.  New layout and cleaner designer but more work needed for my directory of recipes. 
  • Praying more with my hubby.  Ongoing!
  • Embracing more life challenges and excitement in 2013! Asher was my hint. Checked! 

My goals for 2014 
– Continue to create and experiment clean desserts and meals.
– Make that cream brûlée!
– Getting my fitness back on track.
-Make baby food…
– Not sweat the small stuff as much
– Travel back and see my family even more.
– Stay in the moment more. Babies grow up too fast.
– Thank God every day for our blessed family.
– blog more often!

Wishing everyone a fantastic New Year! Make 2014 better than 2013! 

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