BFF edition #102 – The Little Human

My sister texted me the other day asking: “Are u pregnant?” ….That was the most random question she ever asked me. Then I realized, it was because my recent hashtag got them confused!! #DABIGTUMMY!! Lolol!!!

Today, I invited someone special to write for Tempted2love! A friend, a colleague, a first time mom! Yes! She will be sharing her experience with you & if you’re a first time mom too…. don’t miss these series of exclusive post! Here goes..


BACK TO WHEN IT ALL BEGAN..

I still remember feeling under the weather with a fever in March and I dismissed it because of a few work events and the rush to clear my work just before our Japan trip.

Packing for the trip was arduous. My jeans couldn’t fit for some reason, there was this bulge at my abdomen, and I didn’t look good in everything I wore. I figured this was the result of stress-eating and lack of exercise.

During the trip, I remember having lesser stamina and an increased in appetite. I ate more meals than Papa Ong. I also started going to the toilet at night a lot, like once-every-hour kinda thing. I was constantly tired, yet I couldn’t sleep. I felt like Goldilocks trying to search for that perfect bed.

Nagoya, Takayama, Kanazawa and Shirakawa were awesome! We spammed the Sashimi, Onsen all day, and celebrated with alcohol. Yup, all these happen while I didn’t realise I had a little human growing in me. Then again, I know if I were to have found out, I would have be so cautious and the trip would probably turn out a bore.

When we came back from Japan, I found out I have bruises at the back of my knees. It looked so bad people thought I was abused😅 Turns out, pregnant women are more prone to blood clotting.

I also went for a massage and the lady commented that my stomach was hard. I was happily telling her I just returned from Japan and must have eaten too much. She started pressing on my tummy and it was so painful, but silly me thought “she is working to cut down the fats, just endure!”

My period was delayed for a few days and I started to have a hunch I could be pregnant (It’s even more punctual than me during school days) but my besties were commenting “Must be the cold weather in Japan. Your body needs to adjust back to SG weather”.

The first time I took the test, the hormones weren’t strong enough to display it accurately. It was one thick line with a second barely-there line. A week later, my period was still not here and I decided to take the test again. 2 THICK LINES staring right back at me. We were shocked, unprepared and not expecting it.

I then quickly scheduled an appointment with the doctor and he confirmed the pregnancy. Apparently, you could be pregnant but if the egg is outside the womb, you can’t have the baby etc.

With that ultrasound, we decided to break the news to our parents and I guess they were equally surprised but we’re all very excited. I remember my grandmother clapping her hands and saying “好好好”😂

How did you find out you were pregnant? I would love to know!

Stay tuned to find out the things to note while selecting your gynae, the vitamins that you really need, the D-Day and Baby Ong Lai’s arrival to this world..


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DA BIG TUMMY #702 – Curry Chicken

#AllIWantForChristmasIsFood! #DABigTummy

It seems like the major change I see in myself after getting hitched is I start to enjoy cooking. It’s not like I hate cooking but probably just not so enthusiastic about it.

Since it’s a Christmas weekend, a long weekend, how can we missed the chance to whip up a dish! We had “Black Pepper Crab” in mind – we cooked that last week and it was (ehem) delicious! We combed through the whole wet market but no sight of crab (alamak)!

What happen when Plan A doesn’t work? Work on Plan B! While queuing to buy to buy my favourite neighborhood waffle, we saw French loaves and immediately new idea lighted up like a bulb on our head! We bought 2 French loaves and quickly searched YouTube for Curry Chicken recipe!

Click HERE for the video link!

Now we know what we need, we quickly head back to the wet market and grab everything we need, of course!

Ingredient:

  1. 1 whole Chicken (cut in pieces)
  2. 3 large potatoes
  3. 30g ginger slices
  4. 10 cloves garlic
  5. 5 shallots
  6. 50g fresh chili paste
  7. 5 tbsp curry powder
  8. 3 tbsp. oil
  9. 1 stalk lemongrass
  10. 20 curry leaves
  11. 600ml water
  12. 200ml coconut milk
  13. 1 tbsp salt (adjust to taste)
  14. 1 tbsp sugar (adjust to taste)
  15. ½ tbsp chicken powder

Above are the ingredients MeatMen video asked for. We followed most of it diligently except we didn’t buy a whole chicken! We bought 5 big drumstick instead ($2.40 each) and chopped into pieces.

To start, we peeled all the shallots, garlic & ginger (the quantity we used 10:15:47g). We added 3 chilli padi (which the recipe didn’t call for) hoping to level up the spiciness!

Blend shallots, garlic, ginger & chilli until you get paste-like mixture (it totally smells like chicken rice chilli now!). After that, mix them with the chilli paste and curry powder. We used 150g of chilli paste and the whole pack of curry powder u see in above picture. I guess our potion accidentally just got upsized 3 time!

If you ask me, this is probably the most tedious step. After all these done, all you need to do is just cook it!

1. Heat up wok, add appropriate amount of oil.

2. Fry the chilli paste mixture until fragrance overwhelm the kitchen (>.<).

3. Throw in chopped chicken, lemongrass & curry leaves. and fry until chicken is about 70% cooked.

4. Pour in 600ml of water, give it another good stir.

5. Add potato, let it simmer for 10-15 mins (we boiled the potato a bit prior putting into the curry, this step is totally optional).

6. Add in coconut milk & give it another stir (we bought coconut cream instead and with the upsized quantity, we added 500ml of it)

7. Add sugar & salt to enhance the taste. (We skipped chicken powder/stock)

8. Cover with lid, and let it simmer for another 20-30 mins

Congratulation, you’re now looking like a master chef! Lol!!! We tried the curry with immediately while it’s hot and it was ok..!

Like Meatmen mentioned, let curry sit for another hour or so in order for the flavor to sip in the chicken/potatoes.. we did the same, but we let it sat longer (3-4 hrs), we didn’t purposely leave it there to sit. It’s just that we’re already full from first serving hence leave the rest for dinner.

Indeed by dinner time, the curry is so much more flavorful! If lunch is 80 points, dinner is definitely worth 95 points!

If there’s anything I can cook, I’m sure you can! Give it a try today and be your very own master chef!

DA BIG TUMMY #701 – Teochew Orh Nee

#happyweekend #happycooking #DABigTummy

After asatisfying lunch at a friend’s place, I’m so inspired to cook up something too!

To start with, I’m no expert in cooking but I can prepare simple dishes with youtube’s help!

Today, I will be sharing (like the title suggested) ORH NEEEE! It’s my favourite dessert and it’s a Teochew dessert!

I don’t have much picture of the preparation as it’s my first time trying to make one (& didn’t expect it would turn out so well!) >_<

But I will still share the youtube link with you so that you can make reference!

So many video? Which one to follow? Actually I followed a bit of everything! With a bit of everything, below is my version of Orh Nee:

INGREDIENT (**based on estimation)

1 Whole Yam (about 1.2kg – 1.5kg)

1 Slice Pumpkin(about 150g)

1 Pack Gingko Nuts(or 100g)

200ml CoconutCream or Coconut Milk

100g Rock Sugar**

150g Caster Sugar**

A (few) Pinch of Salt**

2 Cups Vegetable Oil**(you can use 200g of lard if you can get them)

2-3 Knots of Pandan Leave** (good to have but can do without too)

All above ingredient can be adjusted to your own taste preference. I underlined those ingredient which I feel is a must have! The rest I didn’t really use them because I forgot to buy them!! LOL!

**based on estimation as I totally didn’t use any measuring kit! You know like how our parents also cook..? “agar-agar” can already.. If you think it’s sweet enough for u already then you do not need to add more sugar. if 150g is too blend, just add more sugar.

HOW TO

  • Cut/chop yam & pumpkin into cubes and steam them (I steamed them for about 40 mins. Throw in some pandan leaves if desire).
  • While waiting, let’s work on the gingko nuts (ie: Shiokman’s video):
    • Sliced gingko nuts into half and pick out the stem.
    • When done, cook gingko nuts in boiling water & add rock sugar to sweeten it (you can use caster sugar if you dun have rock sugar).
    • Throw in pandan leaves if you have (I skipped this as i forgot to buy pandan leaves).
  • Once yam and pumpkin are cooked/soften, mashed them. (NOTE: mashed the yam while its hot. Once cold, it will be hard to mash)
  • PUMPKIN: After mashed, add sugar for sweetness and set aside (pumpkin’s done!)
  • YAM: After mashed, you can then transfer into a food processor to blend them further so you get a finer texture.
    • Add in the gingko syrup, caster sugar and a pinch of salt and blend together to add taste (you can adjust this according to suit your taste bud).
    • Add 1 cup vegetable oil to smooth it (optional).
  • Heat up your wok with 1 cup vegetable oil (or melted lard) to stir-fry your yam paste! (ie: Meatmen’s video)
  • Add sugar to enhance the taste!
  • Keep stirring until yam paste and oil combined into a smooth texture.

Ready to serve?! HANG ON!! Remember I have my coconut cream??

  • Heat up coconut cream (I added half cup of water as cream is too think)
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • Stir well and done!

Now you’re ready to serve!!

For this orh nee, I only purchased yam, pumpkin and gingko, assuming that’s all i need until i re-watch the video then realized I missed out so much! Lucky for me, I have vegetable oil & rock sugar at home so everything is still manageable!

My food processor didn’t work (yes, like a bad day to cook!)! So if you don’t have a food processor, get a sieve and do it the hard way!

In short, all you need to do is Steam, Mash, Blend and you’re done! You can skip the frying you’re lazy (ie: Hed Chef and Shiokman’s version are non fried)!

Give it a try and tell me how you like it (or not like?)?

Tsururi Point Clay Pack

It was just a casual “walk” in Watson’s to check out sale and who knows I ended up with something I have no plans buying (& didn’t buy what I planned to!)!

TSURURI POINT CLAY PACK – GHASSOUL.RED CLAY.ARGAN OIL

What is Ghassoul Mineral Clay? It is derived from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Ghassoul Clay is a rare and high quality soothing clay well-known for its gentle and natural healing properties.

BENEFITS:

• Ionic detoxification

• Treats acne

• Controls excess oil

• Brightens skin

• Exfoliates, tightens & smoothens

• Improves skin elasticity

• Evens skin tone

• Protects against free radical damage

• Environmentally friendly

So here’s my clay pack!!

Tsururi Clay Pack is formulated with two types of clay to penetrate deep into pores and whisk away impurities!

Impurity absorbing ingredient: Morocco Ghassoul (which we had shared earlier) and Red Clay (a powerful purifying agent which is high in iron. It absorbs excess skin oil and also has superior moisturizing effect!)

Skin treatment ingredient: Red Rock Salt

Moisturiser: Arnab Oil & Honey

Brought home and got my hands working on it immediately!!

So after I washed my face, I applied a thin layer of clay on my chubby nose! You can apply the clay on T-zone or area prone to oiliness!

Impurities and excess oil are absorbed to skin’s surface, appearing as darkened spots!

The clay dries pretty fast… before you know it… it’s already drying up and hardened! You do not need to wait very long to see the oil mark!

At 5 mins, it’s almost good to wash away! Before we wash it….. here’s a CLOSER look!!!!

***WARNING: image below looks really gross! Scroll down at your own risk!

Now that it’s dried/hardened, time to rinse off!

Verdict: Tsururi Clay Pack does remove my clogged pores! Not 100% but I can see result after one use! Skin does feels clean and smooth too!

Just to ensure it’s not the clay drying with spots, I tested it on my hand! NO OIL SPOTS on my hand..!

Will I buy again? I don’t know! It seems like 1 tube can last pretty long as only need to apply a thin layer! By then, maybe there’s even better product out on market.. However, if there’s nothing better, I will definitely buy this again when I finished using the one I have now!

MKUP Cloudy Deep Pore Cleansing Awakening Mask

Yesh! Finally made time to share this cloudy mask review with you!

WHAT IS CLOUDY DEEP PORE CLEANSING AWAKENING MASK? 

Luxurious Skin Essence Treatment that reawakens tired dull skin back to life, purging out impurities deep in the pores while injecting precious Arbutin, Vitamin C & Whitening Essence that stops formation of pigmentation and brightens skin to a new tone. Vitamin B5, E, Carbonated Water and Pore minimizing Essence to create ultimate skin recovery regime leaving a bright pore less and water charged skin with each treatment.

So here’s me with my mask!

 

Pardon the poor quality photo! I was using my iPhone front camera and quality got compromised due to insufficient lighting..

The super dense foam starts to oxidize as soon as i applied on my face.. I look so ugly max with the mask! It’s difficult to apply them smoothly because it’s so dense it doesn’t move swiftly when you push it..

 

Oxidization process is kinda slow (or maybe i applied too much).. It has been more than 20 mins but some part of my face are still “cloudy”.. But nevermind! I went ahead to wash my face and tried to remove my blackheads!

I must say, this works so much better than the Deep Pore Cleanser! Blackheads were easily removed with Cloudy Mask and skin does looks brighter (not whiter!)

So if you’re contemplating to get Deep Pore Cleanser or Cloudy Awakening Mask, I would recommend you to get this instead!

LINK: http://www.qoo10.sg/su/414604008/Q101716446

If you ask me, i would prefer buying from qoo10! At least i can apply my coupon for further discount! LOL!

Check out Deep Pore Cleanser review HERE!

MKUP Deep Pore Cleanser

FB advertisement are scary! Just a short 2 min video made me spend $64.80!

Not bad right??? Like so easy can!!

*finger clicking* ADDED TO CART!! LOL!!

Then another FB advertisement

Seriously.. they’re not like made expensive hence thought just give both a try…..

Today, i’ll just be sharing the review on Calendula Extract Deep Pore Cleansing Mousse!

Easy to use is definitely the first thing that comes into my mind! brush and cleanser all in one bottle. No need to lather any foam and just a push u’re ready to scrub scrub scrub!

After trying, I wouldn’t say this is the best pore cleanser I had tried. It didn’t remove as much pores as what the video shows.. Video’s a lil too extreme i think.. sigh, 广告都是骗人的..

Well at least i tried! If you would like to give it a try too, check out from Qoo10 (click image to be redirected)!

LINK: http://www.qoo10.sg/su/414604037/Q101716446

However, the Cloudy Deep Pore Cleansing Awakening Mask is another story!!! I will share that with you again in another post with more pictures!! That one is much better..!

 

The Vamp Stamp – Vavavoom Wing Stamp

The perfect wing EVERY TIME! Bygone those bad eyeliner day!

If you’re like me, shaky hands/unbalance wing or just don’t know how to draw a wing eyeline, YOU NEED TO READ THIS POST!

As I was doing my online retail therapy, I chanced upon this wing stamp! This is not new to me, saw it online some time back but it was only available in US then. However, it seems like the perfect wing has flew to our sunny island!

Bought my wing stamp on Qoo10 (will share the link at the end of this post) and rec’d it within 3 days!! From the package, you know it’s not the authentic wing stamp BUT I don’t care as long as it serve its purpose! (Yes, in her page, it’s mentioned that the product is an inspired  product)

Tried it immediately that evening (NO, I have no evening dates nor am I going anywhere, I just want to try it before I go shower – didn’t even have my lip color on)!!

New beauty tools like this, I thought I will need a lil more time to master the skill.. who knows, it turns out pretty user-friendly!

  

Aim, stamp and done! So easy! The only tricky part is that you’ll need to angle your wing proportionately! Not too high, not too flat! Other than that, it’s really an easy tool!!

Chances of me using this again is pretty high! For wedding dinner, for party, for dates…

No more shaky hand as excuse!

  

In case you wanna know, this stamp I bought is “KITTEN” wing (start small so i won’t get a shock of my life).. Yes, the stamp comes in 3 sizes!

 

LINK: http://www.qoo10.sg/su/414603524/Q101716446

(Image grabbed from seller’s Qoo10 page)

Go have a look and you’ll fall in love with it! Did i mention, IT’S NOT EVEN EXPENSIVE TO START WITH! 

A Better Florist

Flowers are never a bad ideas for ladies (unless you’re sensitive to pollen!).. Better still when it’s free same-day delivery!

A Better Florist in Singapore believes that sending and receiving flowers should be easy, affordable and beautiful. Forget those last minute dashes to the flower store or disappointing delivery services! Their philosophy and bouquet craftsmanship makes them one of the best place to buy flowers in Singapore. If this doesnt convince you, how about FREE same-day delivery service!!

A Better Florist offer free  same-day delivery service between 9 am to 6 pm. Whether you’re in Bedok, Holland Village, Tampines, Thomson Road, Ang Mo Kio, CBD, Toa Payoh, Jurong, Tiong Bahru, Novena, Orchard or Sentosa, They’ve got your back. No matter where you are in Singapore, they can get to you!

Got this chance to send my aunt a birthday bouquet and was totally elated when ABF could let me customized my bouquet. I look back into my photos for flowers that I had ordered before (from other florist) and I found 1 bouquet which I would really love to see again!

Of course I’m not a greedy person, I do not need it to be exactly the same nor be a gigantic bouquet.. Something similar and decent size will do..

ABF responded that they could provide a similar bouquet with roses, carnations & eustomas! This got me even more excited!!!!

Until the day comes….. I was in great disappointment.

I requested for a picture prior sending the bouquet to recipient, none came in. That’s still fine..

When I rec’d the bouquet image from recipient, I was totally dumbed! I changed my clothes took my bag and went to her place immediately to see the actually bouquet!

*below photo from recipient*

How is this similar to what I requested? It’s not colorful, it doesn’t look vibrant, the whole bouquet just feels so dull. Frankly speaking, I’m wouldn’t be happy receiving this bouquet.

 

Tried to take a nicer picture from a different angle but i think I’m already too disappointed.

None of the bouquet picture makes me feel worth the money (yes, although it’s a sponsored bouquet, but I should still have my expectation).. All in all, if you want a customized bouquet, do it at your own risk. Ask me? Never will I do customized bouquet with them again.

To be fair, it’s not like all their flowers/bouquet is such a disappointment.. they have decent one online too! So if you would love to order from them, get whatever that’s online. At least there’s visual for you to see and you won’t get a shock from your customization.

Another thing worth mentioning, the bouquet comes with a lil note to tell you how to care for the flowers and there’s a pack of flower food too (which I didn’t take any pic of those, but u can google it), well that’s something I don’t see from other florist yet..

Will I buy again? Maybe not… until I see another bouquet that really wow me.

**The above blog review is sponsored by:

A Better Florist