Monday, 20 October 2014

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts(R) Launches New Family Packages

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With its new Family Getaway Package, families looking to spend precious time together or explore a new destination now have another reason to go on an exciting and luxurious vacation at select InterContinental Hotels & Resorts® across the region.

From now to 28 February 2015, a number of hotels are offering a special Family Getaway Package where children can stay, dine and visit a local attraction for free. As part of the package, two parents and one child will enjoy a delectable buffet breakfast, with tickets to a local attraction. Children will also be able to embark on a gastronomical journey by indulging in dishes featured on the newly launched InterContinental Planet Trekkers Children’s Menu.*

Families have a variety of exciting destinations to choose from with InterContinental Hotels and Resorts across South East Asia offering exciting packages for families. InterContinental Singapore  is providing tickets to the world’s best rainforest zoo, the Singapore Zoo which promises an immersive experience with over 2,800 animals across more than 300 species, making a  family getaway not only fun but also educational. Further afield, InterContinental Bangkok is offering a package for families to spend a day out at Siam Ocean World to explore the wonders of the ocean and its mystical creatures.

Samantha Llewellyn, Vice-President Marketing for Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) said, “We know that parents are always on the lookout for the best opportunities to show their children the world. They always look for options that will make their holidays extra memorable, especially during the end of year season.

“Our InterContinental Hotels & Resorts are renowned for being able to provide our guests with personalised and authentic local experiences. With our new package, we’re helping our youngest InterContinental guests to explore their holiday destinations, giving families a chance to bond and forge great memories,” she added.

To explore and book the package, guests can visit intercontinental.com/hotelpackages or ihg.com/hotelpackages. For know-how and InterContinental knowledge on how to make the most of family holidays with their offspring, guests can read the InterContinental Insider Guide to Travelling with Children.

With 180 hotels in more than 60 countries, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is a truly international brand that goes out of its way to provide insightful, meaningful experiences for guests.

*Package Terms and Conditions: Rates are per room, per night and are subject to availability at participating hotels. Offer includes accommodation for 2 adults and 1 child, with buffet breakfast for a minimum length of stay of 2 nights or more. Extra bed availability is subject to local hotel policy. If you book 2 rooms the hotel will endeavour to provide adjoining rooms (subject to availability). Up to 2 Children 12 years and under eat free when ordering in the hotel’s restaurant from the Kids’ Menu and when accompanied by a family member dining from the regular menu (subject to local hotel policy). Rates also qualify for IHG Rewards Club Points. Tickets to the local area attraction would be provided by individual hotels and may vary. Extra tickets for local attraction can be bought from the hotel if needed. A Credit card guarantee may be required upon booking. Tax, service charge, credit card surcharges as applicable. Payment only upon check-in. The final bill will be presented in the hotel's local currency. Cancellation and no show policy apply. Blackout dates may apply. Offer is valid only for less than 10 rooms and cannot be combined with any other special offer, including but not limited to InterContinental Ambassador’s complimentary weekend night certificate. 


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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Weight Loss Progress 2

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Pre-Pregnancy Weight : 49kg
Heaviest Mark : 83kg
Post Partum Day 5 : 72.5kg
Post Partum Day 15 : 68.5kg
Post Partum Day 27 : 66.3kg

Slow and steady.
Not giving up! 
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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Post-Partum Day 17

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HubBear finally had his braces removed! With or without braces, he still makes me blush �� whenever I look at him. He's my Favourite eye candy. 

Seeing his beautiful teeth makes me rethink about adjusting my teeth's alignment with Invisalign. This Pregnancy has caused my gums to swell up so badly and I can see some gaps here and there (frowns). Just maybe. 

HubBear celebrated my birthday with me and the bubbles despite my protest (I was very blue). So I made a special request to only have a small small cake and nothing extravagant. If possible, I don't even want to do anything. But I got the cake, and even gifts:

A bouquet of roses and a photo frame. HubBear knows me very well. I am not a materialistic person. But I must admit I want more. I have a very high expectation in life, the kind that money cannot buy, and that's true love. It's the hardest to give because it requires a lot of time, patience, effort and commitment. 

A photo frame gift may invite many different types of reactions. Some people find it cheap, some recycle, and some like me, love it. To me, it means Family 家. My family means a lot to me, so being able to frame up a picture of my family and bringing this to work, taking glances of my dear family is to me, a beautiful and happy thing to do everyday. 

Nobody knows me better than HubBear.
I love our family a lot, and his gift.

He even posted a message to me on Facebook. It is so touching, I cried secretly. And then sadly, this lifetime seems too short to enjoy all these moments, I wish for a forever ever after. Life is so short, we must cherish all the time we have. 

Check out my FATness. A pic to look back at after I have slimmed down. 

Today HubBear brought me out for a breather and a post birthday meal. Our moods lifted. It's true, staying home for too long does make one feel very blue. I could only manage two pieces of wings. My appetite is so bad. HubBear finished everything as usual. I guess he won't eat chicken wings for a while now. 

HubBear's going back to work next week. He has taken 3 weeks off, and how time flies. I feel very stressed out because he has been the one changing the diapers, bathing baby, burping baby, feeding baby, basically managing all things baby related. He also massages, encourages me and walks me through all my blues patiently. Now that I will be spending the days alone with baby whilst waiting for him to finish work and come home, sounds very painful to me. I am missing my HubBear a lot already, wish he could stay with me through out the entire maternity leave.... 

My two very handsome men:
Goodness I know I am going to struggle without my HubBear around from next week onwards :( 

Blue again.

We bought a gold anklet for our baby to mark his full month milestone. May he grow up to be intelligent, kind hearted, healthy and very handsome. 

We love you baby Chooby. 
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I Cannot view my own blog ☺️

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I just realized I can blog, and I have been receiving comments here and there 

BUT,

I can't seem to view my own posts (actually I can't even read my own blog via the Internet):


So unfortunately, I cannot respond to any comments (laughter~). I am trying to resolve this strange problem right now. 

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Weight Loss Progress 1

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Pre-Pregnancy Weight : 49kg
Heaviest Mark : 83kg
Post Partum Day 5 : 72.5kg
Post Partum Day 15 : 68.5kg

Not giving up! 
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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Baby's Jaundice and Mommy's Blues

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Baby was tested for jaundice on Day 7 and the results came back with a shocking 25.2 which is fatal. Immediately, baby was admitted into the hospital and we were put on standby for a blood exchange in case the phototherapy does not work within 4 hours...

My heart shattered because baby had to be put in a drip, his fragile hand had a needle poked in and arghhh and he had his foot pricked so many times for the blood test.

It didn't help that he was warded in the NICU which drove up my anxiety levels to an all high. I was having mixed emotions and very blue about everything.

Breastfeeding was temporarily stopped as the nurses worked to keep baby hydrated with the drip, formula and glucose. I kept blaming myself that I caused the jaundice levels to shoot up so high because of breastfeeding so I asked the Gynae for medication to stop breastfeeding once and for all. 

I then became extraordinarily stressed out with heavy guilt and helplessness having to please everyone's expectations forcing me to re-lactate again, hence the expressed bottle of milk. 

However my breastfeeding journey was short lived because I was simply too stressed out, I managed to pump absolutely NOTHING for the next 24 hours with my mind and heart on baby who was admitted for 4 days and 3 nights and leaving me with too little access to him made me very depressed. It didn't help that my maternity is shortened because hospital leave is counted towards maternity so I only get 3 months with baby. My office environment is not conducive for pumping milk too... Knowing that I had breastfed exclusively for my second bubble for 2 years, I gave myself even more pressure. Extremely stressed out, I lost all appetite and had insomnia. I was very sad and very unhealthy.

On top of that, my perineal area was very swollen because I didn't give myself any allowance to recover. I am in great pain. 

After a great crying out and protest, HubBear helped me to decide that we will concentrate on my recovery and decided that we will feed formula, for baby and my sake. Hubbear took over everything from bathing, feeding, changing diapers and even household chores. 

Right now, I absolutely rely on him to do everything and I cannot stand when he is away for a long period of time (half day at work etc). When alone, I become so helpless and screw up everything like I've never had kids before. He's had to take extra leave just to see through everything right now. Thank God I have my HubBear. 

Hubbear bathes baby like a pro, baby now enjoys bath time with Papa and doesn't cry anymore. 

Hubbear feeds and burps baby.

Hubbear changes baby's diaper, and sometimes clothes when stained. He has been "shot" by baby's surprise urine twice. 

Happy Baby and Happy Papa

My mom handmade the crown 

Sibling love from Big Bubble 姐姐 for 弟弟. I love girls, so sweet hehe. 

Today's day 12. I haven't recovered much, my body is very unhealthy and I'm still very blue. The thought of celebrating my birthday this Sunday makes me even more Blue. I wonder when I will feel better... 

Today is baby's visit to the pediatric for a follow up on his jaundice after checking out of the hospital 3 days ago. Baby has been given the "cleared" and our file is now closed. Relief. 

Next, immunization injections and those fever that comes with it... Stress

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