It’s been awhile…

Everything’s great!

Ringo had been so far so good.. he get naughty at times but who don’t?! Dogs got their mood swings too! πŸ™‚ Sometimes, I look at Ringo and wonder how did I survive the past many years without him? haha.. feeling blessed that he came into our lives!

Time flew by quickly this year.. almost 1/4 of the year is gone! Nope,I did not achieve much. In fact, I am thinking of quitting my job and staying home – just like the good old days…I’m just not sure if that’s a good idea πŸ™ I mean.. my work isn’t that hard…

This week I did myself a favor and took the rest of the week off. It feels good to be out when most people are at work πŸ˜€ BH also took the day off. Yayness! We went for a nice lunch at Barking Frog. It’s ‘Dine Around Seattle’ promotion now. We had 3 course meal for $18! After which, we headed to a nursery to look at plants. Then, came back and did some gardening… Life is good!

Here’s what I did.. yes… can’t believe that it took so long just to find these plants and put them in a pot!

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Now…. I hope that the plants survive!!!

If you ask me what I think BH and I will be doing when we are retired? I can imagine us gardening and/or probably arguing about how we are going to put up the Christmas lights in front of our house..hahaha..

Getting late… till the next post!

2016!

2015 had been a wonderful year! So many things to be thankful for and I feel very blessed!

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I’m sad that 2015 ended..

I am pretty sure 2016 will be inferior compared to 2015.

So far….

1) Ringo is a wonderful puppy… except that he chewed on our TV remote, his raincoat and collar… what can you except from a growing pup right? Overall.. he’s a good boy.. Bing and I are still trying to train and socalise him as much as he can πŸ™‚ I guess my biggest wish this year is for him to be healthy and happy… ohh… my wildest dream is for Ringo to be featured in Buzzfeed or even better…be in some pet product commercial πŸ˜€ It is really hard to go to work, knowing that Ringo is alone at home. We usually crate him but who likes to be in the crate?! I am actually thinking of not working and being at home… I really missed the times when I just stayed at home – I work because my job isn’t that bad really!! Having some kind of financial independence is really important to me..

2) Work for me have been great! My boss is wonderful…. the workload isn’t bad! My work hours are quite flexible. Honestly, I haven’t been very focused on work lately as I am always worried about Ringo πŸ™ Maybe I should really quit.

3)New job?! Haha.. out of curiosity..I also tried to apply for new full time position… I went through 1 phone interview and will be having another next week… I am hoping that I will NOT get any offers for any positions. The interview part was just for exposure and knowing the salary scale. Accepting another new job will mean that Ringo will need to be in daycare! πŸ™

I am really not expecting 2016 to be a wonderdul year… I have no idea why am i so pessimistic… I guess… all the wonderful things happened in 2015 already!!!

Till my next update!

Almost 1 month of Ringo!

Ringo had been amazing.. He is a super sweet puppy.. We are so blessed to have him… Of course, there’s a number of ups and downs..

1st week-
It was tough… We had a lot of difficulties trying to crate him. Crating is important as it will give us a peace of mind when we leave home for work and when we sleep. We literally had to talk softly and persuade him to go to crate. Many nights, we just carried him into the crate.

Our breeder gave us a lot of support and suggestions. She’s amazing!

Ringo ears are still not standing. One of them is floppy ( until now!) .. Breeder actually came to our home to tape his ears… We were scared that she wanted to bring Ringo home… Phew…. Ringo’s still with us.

2nd week-
We are still trying to crate train him. We began just throwing random treats in the crate and even also tied a rawhide to the side of the crate. Gosh… It worked!! Ringo learnt really fast and was soon really excited to go to his crate. This makes us feel so much better when we are away and can’t bring him with us.

Ringo is really cute… He literally just zoom into his crate when it’s sleeping time… To think that we were having so much trouble and headaches thinking of how to crate-train him on the first week.. Haha

This is also the week that we started going for puppy lessons. This is a 6 weeks class, teaching owners how to train their puppies. Bing and Ringo did well (most of the time) in class πŸ˜‰ I also feel so glad that the breeder had actually trained Ringo pretty well as he is already well behaved.

3rd week-
We went for our first outing together with Jo and her dog, Mandy. We also sat outdoors, so that the doggies could join us.

Our first family picture

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4th week-
Halloween with Ringo. He was really well-behaved when kids knocked on the door for treats πŸ˜‰ Here’s our lion…

(He really didn’t like his outfit)

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So far, we are really happy … May Ringo always be a good and healthy puppy.. And we plan to bring him for Agility lessons soon!!

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Hi Ringo!

Today, we welcomed our first pet. It is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, named Ringo. BH and I had been thinking of having a dog for a super long time.. And it’s surreal that it finally happened.

We or rather I wanted a Red and White corgi – it was hard to find a good breeder! Finally… We found a fabulous Breeder near us.. About 1 hour away..

We visited the breeder once but still did not know which pup is available to us. Usually, the breeder would pick the dogs for show potentials then the remaining ones would go to pet homes. Well.. The batch of pups available were tri Color corgis, not what I was looking for.. But you never knew which doggie will steal your heart right? So we went a long with it…

To tell u the truth, the moment I arrived at the breeder’s place, I was attracted by the 3 red and white corgis ( which were pending home or for show dogs) .. I didn’t think much of it…. But just knew that such doggies won’t come to us…. Who knows…….Our breeder got back to us about a month later and said that RIngo didn’t turn out to be what she wanted… His muzzle is too big… I was ‘stunned like vegetable’. Also on the other hand, another tri Color pup was available too. We were torn, not too sure which to choose….(in my heart, I hope Ringo works out)

This morning, we visited the breeder again….. Who knows!!! Our car can’t start!!!! Murphy’s law! Gosh…. Luckily, we have a wonderful neighbour, who came in to help us.. And we also have AAA membership and the battery tech came in about 30mins..charged the car battery and off we went.

We finally arrived at the breeder around 2pm. The first pup that came to us is Ringo!!! The other tri colour pup didn’t even want to come to us. The breeder also thought Ringo was good fit for us,’breeder instinct’ she says.

Ringo was really quiet and mostly still on the car ride. He is super laid back.. When he is home, he just wanna stick close to us. Our worry now is… He has not poop or pee!!!! He also don’t seem to be enjoying his meals.. I literally have to feed him bits by bits…

Well… The journey continues… We will need to work on the leash training tomorrow. New beginnings for us…

*Ringo is on trial period for 1 week.. Really hope he works out for us*

Here’s the picture of the day…

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7th 6eptember!

*This is a belated post*

I was chatting with some friends a few weeks back, telling them that this is our 7th year of marriage and on top of that we have been together for 13 years! wow! you know how the ” 7 year itch” is a term that suggests that happiness in a relationship will start to go down after around year 7?! Gosh.. how scary! and how the number 13 is not a good number?! and to think that ….we are at this point now! *shivers*

Well, BH and I are still very happy together. I am not sure about BH but at least, I wake up everyday feeling blessed and contented. When I get irritated or upset, I will snap myself out of it, give myself a pinch and think “Sheesh… why did I deprive myself of being happy for X minutes!” You know… life is so precious… who knows what’s going to happen in the next second!

For this year, BH and I headed to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for our anniversary! It’s a short 4 Day, 3 nights trip. I’m not too sure if I mention this before…but BH had some mileage on Southwest and travelling to Mexico is the best way to utilize the miles (since it is considered a International flight) + I travel for free as I’m on companion pass.

Took a super early flight out on 5 September and arrived in the evening around 6pm (after a flight delay due to technical repairs). We stayed at Secrets Vallarta Bay. The resort was really nice… it was like a fortress by itself.

Imagine this… as the taxi approach the resort, there is a HUGE gate with a guard house… the taxi stops and the guard comes out to make sure that the resort is expecting you… then the gate opens…your taxi drives up an elevated S-curve driveway… and you are bedazzled by the amazing view…. then you realized… you are in paradise!

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Of course, we were tired and hungry…. so we checked in. Our room was nice but it’s just too near the elevators. We can actually hear people walking in and out of the elevators. Also, the *beep beep* warning sound from the elevators’ doors. We were too tired to take any pictures or ‘complain’ so we just accepted the room.

The first thing we did at the resort was… to go for dinner!

Food was good but the portion was small… well… I guess, it’s good.. as we can eat however much we want since it’sΒ ALL-INCLUSIVE!! Oh yes, beverages and alcohol included!

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The next morning, besides getting woken up by the noise outside our room… we also heard the sound of the sea waves – so serene! We got changed, had a light breakfast and hang out by the pool… just chilling.. I love such vacations… no specific places to go…just enjoying the food, drinks and view. (I got to add.. the beach at Cancun looks cleaner and more ‘blue’… the infinity pool at Sun Palace was way nicer than this one….but it’s still good.. at least it’s less crowded)

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In the afternoon, we decided to take a stroll at Broadwalk.. which was a short cab ride away. It was way tooooooooo hot… regretted it the moment we got out of the cab.. gosh… took a few pictures and headed back to the resort…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When BH booked the room, …we informed the resort beforehand that it’s our anniversary! we received champagne in our room and breakfast in bed the next morning!! wooohoo!! πŸ˜€

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Every day, the chambermaid will put a program sheet in our room, telling us the various activities happening in the resort… LOOOOK! Bing’s name was on it!! They forgot my name though… haha..

Basically, we just spent the next day eating, drinking, soaking in the pool, spending time with each other ( and with our phones + ipad Β , internet connection was fabulous!) It was sooooo relaxing… everything I want a vacation to be… Feeling so blessed to be able to come this far and enjoy life together!!!

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This resort actually have pretty good night entertainment activities.. there were fire shows, casino night and acoustic live singing on each respective night we were there ! BH and I would hang out in the lobby… have some drinks and just chat while enjoying the sea breeze and view. It was monsoon season.. so it did rain heavily!! Fortunately , it usually stops after an hour or so…

Our vacation ended when we had to go back to work on Wednesday. There’s a 2 hour time difference between Mexico and Seattle. Ever since we got back, we are always hungry at the wrong time.. still trying to get used to the fact that food/drinks/good service is no longer a phone call or a hand wave away!! hahaha.. Hope to go back soon!!

If you ask me… Cancun or Puerto Vallarta? I will say……..Cancun if you love beaches. Puerto Vallarta if you wanna get away from the crowds.

It was a fabulous trip nevertheless!! Happy 6eptember to us and many more to come!!

Who’s reading?

wooo.. my super neglected blog πŸ™

well… everything’s the same.. the good kind of same….

I guess..something worth blogging about is…BH and I recently started talking about having kids and I just don’t feel ready…

It seems like we have a few things on our hands that we need take care off first.. before u start speculating… we do not have any health issues .. ok.. wait… we have high cholesterol which we are trying to control.. The biggest concerns are:
1) Our HDB in Singapore
2) BH’s family health history ( any genetic issues?)
3) BH’s ability to be a responsible/hands-on dad! I seriously have not seen him play with a toddler or held a baby before!

So, we are working towards preparing ourselves to get started… 1 of the things is… to fulfill our long time wish of having a dog! I think a puppy will be a good start to preparing ourselves.. it’s like a baby you know.. and also the 1st living thing we are going to take care of together…

we will see how this goes …

Amanda’s 2014 review

I know I had neglected my blog again. It had been a long while since I blogged πŸ™

It’s the first entry of year 2015!! Happy New Year! This year we went to a friend’s place to welcome the new year. Guess how we spent the 1st minute of the new year? Of course, we drank champagne! So as the saying goes or rather the Amanda’s theory – “If you spent the first minute of the new year drinking champagne, you will be drinking champagne for the rest of the year!!” May this be a prophecy for all who still reads my blog!!! *cheers!!*

2014 had gone by in a flash. Let me try to recall some highlights-

Jan/Feb
The first 2.5 months of 2014 was spent in Singapore. Little would i know that this will be the LAST long vacation I will have for a long long time. I had an enjoyable time with family and friends. BH and I finally spent CNY in Singapore and gave out angbaos for the first time since we are married!! We also redeemed our expiring Krisflyer miles and traveled to Bali in Business Class! I love our Bali vacation so much.. probably the best vacation ever!!

March
We returned to Seattle and decided that we can no longer stay in the crappy apartment.We found a fabulous new community to move to. The rent is expensive but we decided that we wanted to enjoy our lives and save on other areas, so we moved. I think God had planned for this all along. After committing ourselves to the new apartment lease, we received good news of our PR status. This means that I can work and help out with saving more! The fear of increased rent was uncalled for! Just when I thought looking for a job will take me a long time…. someone sent an email within the Singaporean Meetup group, saying that his firm have a job vacancy. I applied and started working the next week! This is the reason why I can no longer go back to Singapore for long vacation already. By the way, that was the first resume I sent!!! (I am still working for him now.. my boss is by far the BEST I have ever had!)

April
Hosted Keurig Houseparty – I received a Keurig coffee maker for free!!! so happy to get selected!

May
Stopped volunteering to focus on my new job. Other than that, I can’t recall anything much

June
Trip to Napa Valley!! The first trip we took since I started working!

July
Bing and I discovered that our apartment have 2 fancy grills. We were like grilling steaks every 2 weeks! so delicious!
We also went to Seattle Sounders game with friends.

August
We finally took our post wedding pictures! The pictures turned out great!! Happy that I have 1 thing off my bucket list! πŸ™‚
We also went on a trip to Alaska with Dave and Jo!! Travelling together was so much fun- we will remember this adventure for life!

September
Happy 6th wedding anniversary to us! BH was busy with work but he still spend time to create an album with our photos!

October
Nothing exciting? Bing was working alot

November
Also nothing worth mentioning…

December

Went for Health check and was told that I have high cholesterol!! It is amazing how much I neglected my health when I start working πŸ™
Our vacation to Cancun, Mexico!! Such a relaxing trip!! I really love the all inclusive resort experience!!!
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I guess that sums up my year in 2014!

In 2015, I will
1) go to work on time and leave work on time everyday
2) go to the gym or zumba at least 2 times a week
3) blog at least once a week
4) study hard to get my paraplanning certification

Just like last year, I hope that more good things will come our way and that our family&friends will stay healthy and happy!
Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

6th 6eptember!

Happy Anniversary to us!

6 years of marriage flew by quickly. I have been very blessed to know and eventually marry such a wonderful guy. BH is NOT romantic, neither does he cook or clean. However, he is a good provider. He is motivated to work hard so I don’t have to. I remember how he was not too excited when I decided to go back to work “Why don’t you tell your boss that you can only work 4 days a week?” I guess, the MCP part of him just wanted a wife to clean, cook and wash?

Well, so what have we achieved in 6 years? erm… nothing? I really still enjoy having just the 2 of us. On most days, we just feel that having a dog would make our relationship more colorful. Yes, we have been dog searching whenever we can – however, we are just so picky. Just last week, we FINALLY see a puppy we both liked. Like most first dog owners, we were asking a whole tonne of questions.. in the end, the seller/breeder sold the pup to someone else. You should have seen the sadness on BH’s face. His exact words was ” It feels like we lost a child.” I was speechless.

Then again, I am really glad that we still have so much to look forward to as a couple. It’s like we have so much to do BEFORE we have kids. I guess the phrase that we look forward for is to have our own house, buying furniture we really like and decorating our own space without limits. Hopefully or maybe the time will come soon?

Finally, I am delighted to say that BH and I finally took the plunge and did something we wanted to do for a long time….. we took our post-wedding pictures!!

Here’s a few pictures πŸ™‚ Thank you Sam, my first friend in Seattle, who helped with the make-up. Photography by KristenΒ – she is young but talented. Photography session with her feels like a therapy – she interacts with us, ask us questions and certainly helped us to feel even closer after 6 years marriage (+ 6 years of dating)!

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What do you think? We loved them! These memories will last a life time πŸ™‚

Bali Happy vacation!

Finally down to blogging about one of the BEST vacation ever πŸ™‚

8 – 10 Feb

BH and I planned this trip about 6 months back. We wanted to use our expiringΒ  Krisflyer miles and also travel to somewhere relaxing. We decided on Bali! Since we had the miles, BH suggested that we should fly Business class. Yes, we still need to pay SG$180 per person ( for taxes and etc) but it’s a once in a lifetime experience! And so… we went for it.. and it was the BEST flight ever!

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Business class passengers have access to the SilverKris Lounge. Basically, it’s a rest area with shower rooms, wi-fi and a generous Buffet spread !! I was extremely happy to eat chwee kuayΒ  and sip TWG while waiting for boarding time! πŸ˜€

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of course, the flight was extra comfy.. we get to read magazines and have our baggage tagged as ‘PRIORITY’ – no long waits for luggage!!

Oh… and for SQ First/Business class flight from SIN to other destinations, you have the option to ‘Book the Cook’ You get a special gourmet meal! we had Lobster brunch!!!! so extravagant!

1 week before our flight, we also called the SQ ticketing office and told them we are celebrating our anniversary!!! we got a nice cake on the plane together with champagne!!! wah!! super impressed with the service!! seriously the BEST!! By the way, we were so full from the food so the SQ crew packed our cake for us to enjoy in Bali! πŸ™‚ Love the thoughtful service!

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The flight was just too short πŸ™ We arrived in Bali in about 2h 30mins time!!

At Bali airport, we took a cab to Villa Uma Sapna

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Beautiful villa!!! We had welcome drinks and fruits, chilled out a little..jumped into the pool, washed up and went sightseeing shortly!

We took a cab to Potato Head Beach Club – a nice place to sit down and chillax πŸ™‚

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The following day, BH arranged for a driver (US$50) from Bali Bliss Tour

The driver did have a planned itinerary. He wanted to bring us to watch some Bali dance and shop at Craft village, we are not interested so we declined politely. The driver was cool with it. In the end, he drove us to drink Luwak Coffee.Β  BH and I love coffee, we felt that the regular Bali coffee was watered down – Luwak coffee is very strong and bold BUT EXPENSIVE!

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Then he drove us to see Ubud rice fields – it was nice but not as huge as I thought it will be. We also walked around in Ubud downtown area. I bought 2 bottles of gourmet jam from KOU which tasted really good! haha… yes, of all things, jam was the only thing we bought in Bali

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Lunch was buffet at a restaurant with the view of the Volcano ( not sure the name) This is the ONLY decent pic I have of this place because it started pouring during our meal and the volcano disappeared behind the clouds

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Traffic is quite bad in Bali. The scooters are crazy! so scary to drive!!! By the time we arrived back in Seminyak, it was almost dinner time!

BH and I went to Breeze at The Samaya for dinner. Super romantic place!! The view was beautiful! Gosh… very nice!! I don’t wanna leave!!! Food was on the high cost side but we decided to indulge – so happy to spend such a wonderful evening with my dearest!

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After dinner, I arranged for Spa Bali to pick us. I did a Body Scrub while BH did hot stone massage. It was only about US$15 for each service!!! Very affordable!!! I love it so much that I booked another session with them on the next day ( before we leave Bali)

On the last day, BH and I explored the Villa’s art gallery. Art pieces are very nice, wish we could bring them home! haha..

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Then we had lunch at The Bistrot Food was alright. We dined here because I love the ambiance πŸ™‚

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After lunch, it’s Spa time!!!! This time BH and I did facial. Then I had manicure and hair treatment! Sooooo relaxing.. and much cheaper than SG!!! Big love!!!

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We still had time (& money) after the Spa, we decided to go to Sardine just to chill out16

Just for us to remember, we only changed SG$400 and did not use credit cards for our meals/spa. It was enough!!

Weird enough, we had to pay exit tax ofΒ  150,000 rupiah when we depart Bali – I thought it was included in the airfare?! In any case, we paid part of it by USD because we didn’t have enough rupiah already πŸ™

Anyhow, 3 days 2 night at Bali was just tooo short!!!! Would love to go back again!!!Β  πŸ™‚ Thank you BH for such an amazing, pampering holiday!!!!

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Back!

We got back on 13 FEB and still battling jet-lag. Jet-lag is a huge monster I tell u!! We fell asleep at the wrong time, get hungry at the wrong time. Gosh… So I decided to cook to overcome the jet-lag. Works well so far! πŸ˜€

Vday was spent at home enjoying each other’s company. That includes grocery shopping, cooking, washing, unpacking. How exciting!!! I was delighted that BH volunteered to clean the place for us – the best Vday gift! I cooked a simple meal of Lotus root soup and sambal stinky beans. Home cook meal is the best! Just when we thought we could relax and catch up on tv shows we missed, Justin came over to our place! Followed by Jo&Dave and Ron! We shared a cake and spent our evening chatting away! Hahaha… It was a pleasant surprise! Really happy to have a mini get together after awhile! Who say vday is for lovers??!! It’s for friends too! πŸ™‚

Today, BH went to work and came home super early at 5pm! I love it that he comes home early and smiles as he walks into the door. I don’t know why but it’s heart warming especially on a super cold day! Hahaha..

I seriously have so much to blog about!!! Will update with pictures soon!!