Day in a Life: The Unbearable Madness of being a FTWM

Right. First off, I was supposed to post this several hours ago. But like almost every single day of my life, I can’t seem to get my act together to ensure that everything happens the way I want it to. I’m just going to ramble on and put in some pictures (from our annual photo shoot with Steph Tan) that are almost totally unrelated to the post and hope that no one notices.


Morning. Utter chaos. I wake up at 6am. I used to take the firstborn to school and she would have a nervous breakdown and sit outside my room and cry if we didn’t leave the house by 6.30am. These days, she’s decided that Daddy should drive her so I take it easy and leave the house about 6.45am to go to work. Then the husband comes back home and takes the boys to childcare and kindy.


Mid-morning to late afternoon. I work my butt off. I’m a teacher and I enjoy my job. Of course there are angsty moments but I wouldn’t give it up. While working, I also have to ensure that the kids are alive and in the correct locations and deal with various administrative issues that never fail to pop up. We have forgotten to pick children or they have been missed from the school bus on certain occasions. Not proud of it but it has happened and will keep happening.

Also, at any time, I’m in about 10 different Whatsapp chat groups dealing with various aspects of the kids’ lives (class group, enrichment class group, swimming class group, birthday party group, after school care group, etc.). The husband is not in any of these groups. Sometimes I take a kid to enrichment class in the afternoon. Thanks to a whole village support system (consisting of parents, in-laws, aunts, siblings, friends), we get quite a bit of help with the ferrying around for various things and when work gets in the way.


Evening. We collect the kids from various locations and get home for dinner. Sometimes I go for bootcamp or rollerblade or even head out with friends. This is quite a recent development now that the baby is a lot more independent. The husband has tennis on some evenings. There’s almost always one of us around to read the kids a bedtime story and put them to bed. After they are asleep is when I catch up with work or blogging.


The thing about being a FTWM (at least from my personal experience and IMHO) is that I am always tired, I never get enough sleep, I constantly feel like I’m forgetting something or other, and there is an incredible amount of stress when something falls through the cracks. And so many things fall through the cracks. The sheer amount of mummy guilt associated with being a working mum is so insurmountable that I’ve chosen to ignore it altogether and I refuse to feel guilty about my chosen path.

So here’s hoping that all those articles about children of working mums turning out well, that daughters of working mums are more successful and sons more caring, are true. And I can’t emphasise this enough: whether you choose to work full-time, part-time, from home, or not at all, whatever works for your family and keeps you sane is the best decision you can make. Cheers to mothers everywhere.


Next up is Debs G from Owls Well whose day in a life is all about teaching her youngest kid how to toddler. Debs is a Sunda Scops Owl who married a nice British Barn Owl and is raising a trio of hungry young owlets in a highrise tree in Singapore. Debs is a trained medical professional who is currently training to be A Parent. Debs also blogs about her adventures abroad at Owl Fly Away. Occasionally, she posts pictures on her Instagram account at @4owlswell


Thank you for hopping on board this blog train hosted by the inspirational Justina of Mum in the Making. Click on Day in a Life blog train to take a peek into a day in the life of other mummies!


Octoburst! 2016 – 10 Things We’re Looking Forward To

It’s October and we all know what that means. No, not Oktoberfest and the accompanying beer and sausages. We’re looking forward to Octoburst! at the Esplanade! There’s a whole range of ticketed and free performances and activities and here are some of the ones that caught our eye.

1. Little Red Riding Hood

Retrace Little Red Riding Hood’s path in the woods with two little ones as they play a game of ‘what-if’ and pretend! Join the duo as they turn the pages in a light-hearted story filled with new discoveries at every turn. Enter the belly of the wolf and experience the tale of Little Red Riding Hood like never before.

7 Oct 2016 : 4pm; 8 Oct 2016 : 11am; 9 Oct 2016 : 1pm
For ages 3 and up. Buy tickets at $20 each here.

Little Red Riding Hood

Colouring Fun for children between 2 and 4 years old. Fill the colouring sheet provided with bright and beautiful colours. Bring your artwork home with you and put it up for all to see. Participants have to bring their own colouring materials.

On-the-Spot Drawing Competition open to children aged between 5 and 12 years old and divided into three categories: Cat A: 5 & 6 years old; Cat B: 7 – 9 years old (Lower Pri); Cat C: 10 – 12 years old (Upper Pri)

A3-sized drawing paper with a special Esplanade stamp will be provided on the day of the competition. Participants are required to bring their own drawing materials. Only crayons, pastels and/or colour pencils are allowed.

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the competition to the top 3 entries and 10 merit winners in each category. All participants will each receive a Certificate of Participation. All winning entries will be displayed on Esplanade PIP’s PLAYbox, Level 4, from 8 Oct – 30 Oct 2016.


Octoburst! Drawing Competition and Colouring Fun

3. Tumbling Tower and Giant Bowling

How high can you stack the blocks before they tumble to the ground? How many giant pins can you knock down with just one roll of the bowling ball? Will it be a strike? From 11am to 7pm at Courtyard Green.



Tumbling Tower and Giant Bowling

4. The Secret Life of Suitcases

Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order – everything in its place, a place for everything.

But one day, a suitcase suddenly appears at his door…A suitcase with a tiny label and a tiny label with Larry’s name on it. And this suitcase has a mission.

Join Larry in The Secret Life of Suitcases as his world gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase, taking him further than he ever thought possible. Follow Larry’s journey as he discovers the thrill of adventure and the joy of coming home again.

7 Oct 2016: 2pm & 5pm; 8 Oct 2016: 11am & 2pm; 9 Oct 2016: 11am & 2pm
For ages 4 and up. Buy tickets at $20 each here.


The Secret Life of Suitcases

5. Octopost

Here’s your chance to send someone you love a handwritten postcard. Grab a postcard, design it any way you like and pen your message down. Don’t forget to drop your completed postcard into the Octopost post box, especially created by visual artist, Budi Agung Kuswara.



6. Draw me a Story

Through storytelling and illustrations, Chen Zhao Jin, a familiar name to many, brings laughter and fun to the whole family with entertaining tales. Performed in Mandarin with English synopsis provided. 7 – 9 Oct, 3.15pm, library@Esplanade


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7. Parent-Child Workshop: Animate-a-Story!

Tell a story through animation! Learn the basics of animation in a fun artist-led workshop.. Find out how you can use brainstorming and storyboarding techniques to weave  a story, before drawing and colouring in your illustrations. After the workshop, the artist will use the illustrations to create a short animated clip which will be sent to you.

7 Oct 2016, 2.30pm. For ages 7 and up. Buy tickets at $38 for each parent-child pair here.

Parent-Child Workshop: Animate-a-Story!

8. A Pipe-Ful Play Garden

This is the perfect place to have some fun in the sun! Back again this year, this activity is about constructing an ever-growing pipe-maze that everyone can participate and play in. Don’t miss this interactive community artwork that encourages teamwork, learning and family bonding through play! From 11am to 7pm at Courtyard Green.


A Pipe-Ful Play Garden

9. Book Stop

Bring along a pre-loved children’s book to exchange for a new read at the Book Stop. Spend some quiet time reading your new treasure or pick a book to bring it back home with you. 7 Oct, 2 – 6pm; 8 & 9 Oct, 11am – 6pm, TributeSG Corner


Book Stop!

10. Ants

The ants go marching one by one…but not for long! These giant ants mean business as they scurry around, gather a colony of worker kid-ants and go into nooks and crannies searching for crumbs!

Join the task-focused insects in Ants, an exciting and interactive roving act that brings children together as they discover, play and collaborate.

7 – 9 Oct, Courtyard Green: 1pm & 5.30pm, Forecourt Garden: 2pm & 4pm


Are you excited yet? We are! See you there!

Something WICKED This Way Comes

When Wicked played in Singapore in 5 years ago, we enjoyed the award-winning production so much that missing the 2016 production was out of the question. We simply had to watch it again. And after catching Wicked last Friday, we have not stopped listening to the amazing songs on the soundtrack.

Wicked brings to life the untold story of the unlikely friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and the misunderstood (and green) Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the Emerald City, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked has won 100 international awards, including three Tony Awards on Broadway and two Olivier Awards in London’s West End and it’s not hard to see why! This unforgettable stage musical features incredible technical wizardry, stunning costumes and powerful songs by three-time Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz. You definitely don’t want to miss this.


the students at Shiz University


Dr Dillamond, the only Animal professor


Emerald City


Glinda and Elphaba clash


I think I’ll try defying gravity!


Season: From 29 Sep – 20 Nov 2016
Venue: Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Performance times: Tue – Fri: 8pm; Sat – 2 & 8pm; Sun – 1 & 6pm
Ticket price: From S$55 (Excludes the booking fee of SGD$4 per ticket)
Internet: or
Phone:   +65 6688 8826
In Person At: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby).

Disclaimer: We received two complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from Wicked the Musical.

Tribal Tempo at Gardens by the Bay

Tribal Tempo is the first large-scale South African floral display in Singapore and we dropped by Gardens by the Bay a few weeks ago to check it out. We were simply fascinated with the breathtakingly beautiful proteas, calla lilies and gerberas. David was there with us too and he was more fascinated with the animal sculptures than anything else though.

It was surprising to learn that the arid parts of southern Africa has one of the largest and richest diversity of succulent plants in the world. Some 40 per cent of the world’s succulents grow in southern Africa! Since it is located in the southern hemisphere, spring in South Africa is between August to mid-October and the wildflowers of Namaqualand blossom during this period. And some of these wildflowers are what we often see (and buy) in the florists in Singapore!

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that spider though

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this makes me want to sing Circle of Life

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gemsbuck standing in wildflowers

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just look at the proteas

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a whole field of gerberas

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so beautiful

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never smile at a crocodile

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love the colour of these flowers

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pincushion proteas



Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 – Sun, 30 Oct 2016
Time: 9am – 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome

Admission charge to the conservatories applies


We love our Friends of the Gardens Family membership and highly recommend getting it because it gets us unlimited admission to ticketed attractions. This comes in really handy when there’s a crazy long queue for the very popular events such as Tulipmania and Christmas Wonderland. We also get 2 hours of free parking as well as other exclusive promotions and offers.

We have one Individual Friend of the Gardens membership (worth $68) to give away. To qualify, simply do the following by Thu, 29 Sep 2016, 2359H (Singapore time):

1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like the ‘Gardens by the Bay’ Facebook page.
3. Like and comment on this Facebook post telling me what you love about Gardens by the Bay.

Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. Winners will be contacted through Facebook message and will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. All incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries will be verified before the winners are announced. To be fair to our sponsors, please note that all fake Facebook accounts (e.g. accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no or very few real friends) will also be ineligible to win.

Singapore Night Festival 2016

Made it to Night Fest on Friday and Saturday and here are some of the highlights for us. For a comprehensive listing, check out the Singapore Night Festival website. Planning to drop by again this week if we have the time!

The Festival Village tends to become pretty crowded the later it gets, so it might be a good idea to grab some food and drinks early on before checking out the installations and performances. We had fish skin, duck fat cheese fries, duck confit burger, pulled pork bun, and it was all good stuff. I really liked the coconut ice-cream so be sure to try that!

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Journey by NOVAK

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grab a beer at the Festival Village

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crispy fish skin at Festival Village

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with the husband

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Les AquamenS

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silkscreen printing at wheniwasfour

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Centre 42

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The Waterloo Sessions

Ear-Piercing Milestone!

It’s been quiet on the blog because of technical issues (read: my computer is acting up!) but I wanted to remember this particular milestone. I’ve been trying to get Anya to pierce her ears for some time now but her answer has always been ‘Let me think about it.’

Now that she’s in school and sees that many of her friends have pierced ears, she’s the one that has been bugging me to take her to pierce her ears. We finally got around to it when we had some time on the last weekend of June.

I took her to Stellar at B1 of Raffles City (just outside the supermarket checkout) and she picked the earring design she wanted. The lady marked out the position for the ear holes, got me to approve the placement, then sanitised Anya’s earlobes. After spraying some numbing solution on the earlobe, she used a disposable cartridge to pierce Anya’s ears one at a time. While there was some anxiety on her face, Anya didn’t scream or cry so that was better than I expected.

We were given some ear piercing care gel to take home with us and told to apply it once a day after her bath and the lady demonstrated how to apply the gel with a cotton bud. Anya even got a certificate with her name and the date stating that she’s a brave Stellar girl. She’s so pleased with her pierced ears and the whole process was fuss-free and I’m glad we got it done.


getting her earlobes sanitised


a spritz of the numbing spray


here we go!


the anguish on her face

Shrek the Musical is in town!

I love the movie Shrek and was delighted to see how well it translated to the stage when the kids and I caught Shrek the Musical on Thursday night. The characters were all larger than life and we were greatly entertained by the singing and the lively dancing. I also enjoyed the development of a backstory of what happened to Shrek, Princess Fiona and Lord Farquaad during their childhood.

The attention to detail in the musical is clear to see in the scene when the fairy tale creatures get dumped in Shrek’s swamp. The fairy folk had amazing costumes! I liked how each of the three little pigs had costumes and props that differentiated them as individuals. We were also impressed by the way they brought the dragon to life through some very skillful puppetry.

While Shrek and Princess Fiona had loads of chemistry and were undoubtedly the stars of the show, Lord Farquaad really hammed it up for the audience to great comic effect. Shrek the Musical got the kids and I laughing and clapping along and is definitely entertainment for the whole family.

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Shrek being harassed by the fairy tale creatures 

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Do you know the Muffin Man? The Muffin Man?

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I loved how they manipulated the dragon!

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Princess Fiona awaiting her Prince Charming

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dancing with mice

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the fairy folk rise up

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happily ever after


8-19 June 2016
Venue: MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Performance Times: Wed – Fri 7:30pm; Sat: 2 & 7:30pm; Sun: 1 & 6pm
Ticket Price: From S$65 (Excludes the booking fee of SGD$4 per ticket)
Internet: or
Phone: +65 6688 8826
In Person At: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby).