PastaMania: Affordable Family Restaurant and Doughworkz Class

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I grew up with PastaMania since my JC days. Back then when I was young(er), my girl friends and I loved hanging out at Lot One after classes (now you know which JC I was from) and most of the time, we would pick PastaMania for lunch. As for misterchewy, he would take the then newly opened Downtown line to PastaMania at Plaza Singapura with his friends after school. Till today, he has fond memories of tucking into a delicious plate of Chicken Bolognese at PastaMania. After a long day of attending lectures and tutorials in campus, what we really looked forward to after school, was a sumptuous hot meal that is affordable for the average student and PastaMania was our ideal choice. Most of the dishes cost about $10 only! My all-time favourites were Al Funghi, Carbonara and Creamy Chicken! Now that we are reminiscing about the past, we can’t believe that PastaMania has been around for more than 10 years already! I guess it’s because PastaMania is always keeping up with the latest food trends and expanding its menu, offering diners plenty of appealing food choices at reasonable prices! It is also a popular choice at my workplace because PastaMania is halal certified and we have Muslim colleagues, so we would sometimes order PastaMania delivery when we are too busy to head out for lunch!

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Recently, The Chewys had lunch at PastaMania and the vast variety certainly made us feel spoilt for choice! There was so much that we wanted to try! I finally decided on the Salmon with Creamy Tomato Sauce and the thick slab of salmon was nicely pan-seared, moist on the inside and flaky with a golden brown crust. The linguine was al dente and the creamy tomato sauce was pretty addictive! This dish comes with a side of salad too! Will definitely order this again on our next visit!

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The hubs knew that he just had to order the Salted Egg Soft-Shell Crab as he was flipping through the menu. Salted egg yolk is all the rage and we are glad that PastaMania made a good move by coming up with this dish! The pairing of salted egg yolk with soft shell crab was simply amazing!

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PastaMania’s drinks menu is also quite extensive! Apart from the usual soft drinks, they have juices and really cool drinks like Milo Maniac and Choco-Licko Gelato Smoothie. It was a real treat for misterchewy and I!

PastaMania kids feast menu

Kids are not forgotten at PastaMania! The Kids Feast Menu consists of a half size pasta, side or dessert and a drink, at just $8.90! This is really affordable and value-for-money, plus there’s no need for parents to split their food portions with their kids. Choose from 6 different types of pastas (beef Bolognese, chicken Bolognese, cheesy meatball, cheesy chicken sausage broccoli, dory fish and carrot, mac & cheese) and either a snack (cheddar cheese sticks, waffle potato, cheesy garlic bread) or gelato (chocolate popcorn, marshmellow mango, vanilla berry).

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We ordered the Cheesy Chicken Sausage Broccoli for Little misschewy because she loves broccoli. It’s served on such a cute plate! We were glad to see her enjoying her meal and she even offered to share some of her yummy pasta with us.

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Waffle potato! Every child’s favourite!

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Little misschewy totally enjoyed her kid’s meal!

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PastaMania promotions

Every now and then, PastaMania comes up with enticing promotions that are really irresistible, so do keep a look out on their website and Facebook page!

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Do you know that PastaMania has been conducting Doughworkz classes for about 4 years now? It is a pasta and pizza making program customised for children from 4 to 12 years old. The hands-on experience gained at each Doughworkz class helps to nourish your kids’ mind and body while the fun facts of food preparation and equipment are to expand their food knowledge. After the class, kids get to eat their pizza too! As PastaMania believes in family bonding, parents are welcome to join in! Doughworkz classes are available at PastaMania Sengkang Sports & Recreation Centre, PastaMania Singapore Management University (SMU) and PastaMania NEX. I can’t wait for Little misschewy to turn 4 so that I can register for the Doughworkz class!

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Take part in PastaMania’s lucky draw by spending a minimum of $40 in a single receipt and stand a chance to win a Doughworkz class! Alternatively, my readers can quote “MISSUSCHEWY” when signing up for the Nov or Dec classes, and get a special rate of $25 per child and $45 per parent & child pair for the family class. Only applicable for sign ups before 18 November 2016! Hurry down to PastaMania and have a great family bonding session over delicious food at affordable prices!

Cayla’s Newborn Shoot by Ashley Low Photography

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Hello chewy chewy friends! I’m finally ready to share Cayla’s newborn photos that were taken by Ashley when Cayla was 7 days old! Ashley is the only photographer in Ashley Low Photography which was started about 4.5 years ago, specialising in Newborn and Baby Photography. She has undergone specialised Newborn Photography training both in UK 2013 and subsequently, in Australia 2015. Besides that, Ashley also provides photography services for maternity, babies (3-12 months old), and family.

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Prior my delivery, I received very detailed preparation guidelines pertaining to the newborn shoot so that I know what is provided by the studio, the duration of the session, what to bring along to the studio, and what to expect after the photoshoot. I was certainly very impressed by all the concise details given in the guidelines and this made me feel at ease before the photoshoot. I didn’t have to ask a hundred and one questions and I definitely didn’t feel lost when we reached the studio. Ashley’s studio is located at Oxley BizHub, and it’s clean, cosy and spacious. It felt as though I walked right into someone’s home!

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Ashley’s studio is very well-equipped and super baby-friendly. There’s a diaper changing station, complete with wet wipes and diapers sponsored by Merries! Parents need not panic if they forget to bring or run out of diapers at any point of the photoshoot. There’s also a private area for nursing, as well as hot water boiled in an airpot every morning, if you need to warm up or prepare milk for your little ones.

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A pantry that is well-stocked with snacks and drinks!

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Look at that huge array of props! It is also a nice area for children to get warmed up before a shoot. It didn’t take long for Chanelle to help herself to the toys!

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Ashley was building rapport with Chanelle and that made Chanelle less shy during the siblings and family shoot.

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According to Ashley, the best time to conduct a newborn photoshoot is when your baby is around 5 to 12 days old because they spend most of their time sleeping and hence, it’s easier to position them in various poses. Not forgetting putting on the cute outfits and accessories too! I was a little worried at first because Cayla was unusually awake at the studio even after her milk feed. To think I had told Ashley that Cayla could sleep hours on end at home! Haha looked like the little one was trying to prove something else! However, my fears were unfounded. It was an eye-opening experience watching how Ashley and Samantha (one of Ashley’s assistants) shush Cayla to sleep by gently rocking her and playing white noise that mimics the womb’s rumbly sounds. Takes plenty of patience too and that’s definitely one of the most important and inherent qualities of an amazing newborn and baby photographer.

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Much to my relief, Chanelle was pretty cooperative during the shoot, despite going through the Terrible Twos stage. Hurhur. I’m also very glad that Ashley managed to make Chanelle smile genuinely, which made the siblings shots turn out extra nice!

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Before the shoot, Ashley had also informed us that if Cayla was unsettled or showed signs of discomfort, she would not attempt to push the poses and would just move on and do what Cayla was comfortable with. It was evident that throughout the shoot, Ashley placed emphasis on Cayla’s well-being and safety, while striving to get the perfect shots at the same time. Despite Cayla staying awake for the first half of the shoot, the photos turned out much better than I had expected and I believe the following photos speak for themselves!

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With the wide variety of props and setups available, Ashley aims to change up to 5 different sets/concepts for each newborn shoot. If you have any preference towards floral, prints, neutral or pastel colors, etc, you can always let Ashley and her team know at least one day prior the shoot so that they can get everything ready and start the shoot pronto. Setup wise, Ashley provides a variety such as fabrics, baskets, beds, beanbags, and themes.

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Fabric setup. Love the bright sunshine yellow colors in this one!

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Hahaha omg Cayla looks 100% like misterchewy here! XD

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Basket setup. This is definitely my favorite setup of all! So heart-meltingly sweet and there’s a whimsical feel to it.

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I brought the name banner and donuts along because of the Donutella character and Ashley managed to incorporate them nicely!

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Bed setup. Awww I could just sit and gaze at sleeping babies all day.

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Theme setup. This was pretty impromptu and I borrowed the Singapore flag from my MIL when we picked Chanelle up for the shoot. Whenever I look at this photo, it will remind me of Cayla’s birth story!

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We had our Family shoot to wrap things up! Chanelle is generally a very smiley and cheerful girl but it’s wonderful how Ashley captured her playful side through all her cheeky expressions! It really brightens up my day just by looking at these photos!

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Our experience with Ashley Low Photography was nothing short of amazing! For more info on Ashley’s photography services, click here and also follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

*Mention MISSUSCHEWY and get $50 off the session fee for any shoots! Valid for full priced session only. Offer is till 30 June 2017.*

Jara Petit Baby Shower Dessert Table Set Up

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Another milestone achieved! Baby Cayla is turning one month old on 9 September, which happens to be misterchewy’s birthday, as well as our ROM anniversary! Due to Chinese traditions, people usually hold a full month party a little before a newborn actually turns a month old, and not after. Since it had to be on a weekend, we held a small party for Mini misschewy last Sunday at Warren Golf and Country Club. Really appreciate all the sponsors who have stepped forward after I announced my pregnancy to the whole wide world. LOL. One of them are the very sweet girls, Jia Hui and Cara from Jara Petit, who contacted me even before I delivered! I blogged about their Baby Shower Packages (Cheesecups) before and they have expanded their menu ever since!

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We had a bigger venue this time, so we opted for a Dessert Table Set Up since it will liven up the party! The dessert table can be customised to individual’s preferences and is suitable for baby showers, weddings and parties of 30 persons and above. Ours was a Dessert Table for 30 pax ($330) which includes 30 assorted Cheesecups, 15 assorted Cheesecake Jars, 1 Classic Mini Whole Cheesecake and 20 customised toppers. Price is inclusive of decorations, set up and collection. You can also add on red eggs and ang ku kueh at a fee. Jara Petit also caters for 50, 80 and 100 pax.

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TADAH!! This is the completed look of our dessert table! We ordered the balloons elsewhere and the frames with our photographs were decorated by my mum. I re-used the name banner which I ordered for Cayla’s newborn shoot. If you wanna know more, just go to my Instagram or drop me an email la. Haha. Everything else was from Jara Petit! Ok la except for the table and gold skirting which were provided by the club. I wanted the theme of the dessert table to revolve around Donutella, a Tokidoki character, and the decorations impressed me! Too cute for words!

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This is Donutella. She’s so cute that she deserves a solo shot. LOL. Many of my friends asked if this is Chanelle’s favorite cartoon character. No la not hers but her mummy’s favorite character. For now. Hahaha.

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Do you know that the secret to Jara Petit’s success lies in the fact that their Cheesecups are hand-baked daily, using only premium cream cheese and fresh ingredients? Quality is definitely not compromised here. Also, there isn’t any preservatives or artificial flavouring in their baked goodies. As Jara Petit’s Cheesecups do not contain gelatine or pork derived ingredients, they are suitable for vegetarians and Muslims as well.

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Jara Petit’s Cheesecups are made up of three layers – the wheatmeal biscuit crust, cheesecake and toppings, and the flavours are specially created to suit our local tastebuds. They are now available in as many as TEN awesome flavours – Classic, Blueberry, Lemon, Durian, Matcha, Strawberry, Cookies & Cream, Banoffee, Lavender and Double Chocolate! To avoid messy fingers, small little plastic spoons are provided. How thoughtful!

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These were all the different flavours of Cheesecups and Cheesecake Jars that were available at Cayla’s full month party, which is basically all ten flavours that Jara Petit currently offers. You don’t have to choose all flavours, can even just stick to durian flavour for instance, if you are a huge durian lover!

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Only the Classic Mini Whole Cheesecake is offered for the dessert table package. However, if you are keen to try their cheesecakes, the Floral Wreath Cheesecake and Paddlepop Cheesecake sure look interesting! Apart from round shape, Jara Petit’s cheesecakes come in sweetheart shape too! The mini cheesecakes are rich in texture and light in flavour; definitely one of the best in Singapore!

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The Cheesecake Jars were also a hit with both the adults and children. These are deconstructed cheesecakes made of alternating layers of cheese, crushed cookies and assorted toppings such as Milo, Smores, Mocha and Peach. If you are eating it layer by layer, you are doing it all wrong! The different textures of these layers complement each other perfectly, so yes, do-nut be shy and dig in through the layers using the little plastic spoon!

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These Cheesecake Jars also make great gifts because they are so convenient to carry around!

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Apart from Dessert Table Set Up, Jara Petit also offers Cheesecups and Cheesecake Jars packages for various occasions. For more info, do visit Jara Petit’s website. Jara Petit’s physical shop is located at Dhoby Ghaut Xchange, near exit B of the MRT Station.

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A big THANK YOU to Cara and mum for such a lovely job done, and also Jia Hui for coordinating! 🙂

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Jara Petit
11 Orchard Road
#B1-35
Dhoby Xchange
Tel: 6338 9335
Email: info@jara-petit.com

Opening Hours:
Mon to Sat
11.30am – 9pm
(Closed on Sundays except for collection and delivery)

Baby Cayla’s Birth Story – 9 August 2016

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Chewy Junior #2 is finally here! Our second princess was born on 9 August 2016, which makes her a National Day baby. Just like her elder sister, Baby Cayla was also delivered on a CHEWSDAY (Tuesday lol) and is a 40w5d baby. Amazing, isn’t it? Many people told me that I might deliver earlier since this is my second child. On the contrary, I worked through 40 weeks and 3 days of pregnancy. My last day of work was on 5 August, Friday, and I was joking to my colleagues that I hope the situation would be exactly the same as two years ago. Last day of work on Friday, enjoy Saturday and Sunday, rest at home on Monday, and deliver on Tuesday. Only difference is that it would be extra special because of National Day. My wish came true!

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When I was resting at home on Monday, I was wondering if there is even a possibility of delivering the next day because I didn’t feel anything at all. Knowing that lying down all day wouldn’t help, I decided to exercise as a natural way of inducing labour. I went to wash toilet! LOL. But not very hardcore kind la. Still no feeling. When the hubs came home from work, I told him, “Aiya until now no feeling leh. So sad. Confirm no chance to be the first National Day baby liao”. Hahaha XD Machiam I super patriotic kind.

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The hubs went to bed early but I watched Korean drama until 3am. Then I went to sleep. At around 4am, I felt warm water gush out from you-know-where and I went O_O !!! I didn’t expect my water bag to burst at home because for my first pregnancy, my gynae burst my water bag for me. Initially, I was shocked, and then “National Day baby, here I come!” Hahaha siao I know. I woke the hubs up, “Eh! Zhihao! My water bag burst leh!” He jumped out of bed. I was quite calm on the other hand. Told him to switch on the water heater for me because I want to take a shower and wash my hair first! I think I took too long because he was waiting outside the bathroom and told me not to shower for too long. I even blow dried my hair before we made our way to Mount Elizabeth Hospital. Reached at around 5.30am and went straight to the Admissions counter. Upon knowing that my water bag had burst, the staff told me to sit on the wheelchair, much to my bewilderment. “NO NO I don’t need a wheelchair..!” But of course, I was being wheeled to the delivery ward after the staff said, “Mam, because your water bag has burst. Don’t worry, there’s nobody around at this hour to see you in a wheelchair.”

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Got changed and a couple of nurses prepped me up. Felt a bit of contractions coming in and the intensity grew a little as time passed. Dr Chia Yee Tien, my gynae since my first pregnancy, arrived close to 9am and carried out the vaginal examination. Shall spare you the details but I knew something was amiss from the tone of Dr Chia’s voice as she was speaking to the nurses. Dr Chia said my water bag did not burst fully and instead of baby’s head, she felt baby’s fingers instead. This meant that baby was in a transverse-lie position, which is the most dangerous position before delivery. Dr Chia tried to turn the baby but baby was too high up. I was already panicking and screaming in pain. Both Dr Chia and another nurse pressed hard on my belly, trying to shift baby’s position but in the end, if I’m not wrong, the umbilical cord kinda blocked the delivery pathway too. Ok to cut the long story short, I had to be wheeled into the operating theatre for an emergency caesarian section. There was quite a bit of shouting going on and I nearly broke down. To make matters worse, the hubs wasn’t around because he had stepped out to buy some drinks. I reached out for my iPhone underneath the pillow and sobbed, “Where are you? I’m going for emergency caesarian now..!” I was so traumatised by the sudden turn of events that I started to shake uncontrollably. An anaesthetist arrived and he assured me that I will be alright. I was given anaesthesia to inhale and then I went out like a light.

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When I regained my consciousness, my eyelids were very heavy and I had difficulty opening my eyes. I could only hear what was going on around me and I knew I was being wheeled somewhere. A male and a female, presumably nurses, carried and shoved me onto another bed. I cried out in pain because the area where I was operated upon really hurt! I was groggy and I remembered being super whiny about the pain. I could hear the hubs talking to me and holding my hands but I couldn’t really open my eyes for a while.. I felt cold and sleepy. After the anaesthesia wore off, the hubs showed me a couple of photos he took of Cayla when she was out of the OT.

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Oh my! Cayla looks so much like her jiejie at birth! Hahaha. I pointed to the inhaler thingy and the hubs explained that Cayla was given some oxygen.

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Cayla was 3.38kg and 52cm at birth. Very slightly bigger than her jiejie by 0.02kg and 1cm! Can’t believe they are so similar already!

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Glad we bought the Singapore flag and managed to put it to good use! Never waste our 90 cents lol. And luckily I didn’t forget to bring this milestone card from Toddley Thoughts along!

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Chanelle jiejie came to visit!

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When we asked Chanelle if she wanted to carry meimei, her eyes lit up and her hands were outstretched, ready to carry Cayla.

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A big sisterly hug.

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I was really touched when I saw how lovingly jiejie was gazing at meimei.

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Another big hug because I love you so much!

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Well, it looks as though jiejie is ready to kick the arse of those who bully meimei. Haha let’s hope there’s no need for that.

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This time I stayed in ward 4373. Two years ago, I stayed at the adjacent ward, 4375. If you are keen, you can read about Chanelle’s birth story here.

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Our very first updated family photo taken on 9 August 2016 🙂
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The Chewys’ Outdoor Maternity Photoshoot 2016

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HELLOOOOO! Just in case you guys are wondering, I have not delivered yet! Chewy Junior #2 is already overdue by a few days! Who says second one will come out earlier? Obviously not true! Haha. Ahlamak, both kids also find my womb too comfy! Shall keep this post short and sweet because it’s my bedtime! We had our outdoor maternity photoshoot with Dphotofolio when I was 37 weeks pregnant. Alvin was our photographer back then so we decided to contact him again. Enjoy the photos! 🙂 In the meantime, I will be updating my Instagram @missuschewy and Facebook www.facebook.com/missuschewy so see you guys over on the other side!

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Chewy Junior #2 is on the way!

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YES WE ARE PREGNANT!! 😀 We have been keeping this a secret for the longest time!
This piece of good news totally caught us by surprise last year because misterchewy and I weren’t planning for a second child so soon as we wanted to wait till Chanelle is slightly older. However, what has happened has happened, and there’s no turning back lol. I have always wanted to have at least two kids by 30 but didn’t have the courage to do so. I guess it’s fated! 🙂 I’m currently in my third trimester and will be popping sometime in August! We are keeping baby’s gender a surprise for now! 😉 As with my first pregnancy, Chewy Junior #2 has been pretty kind to me and I’m constantly in high spirits, even at work. Haha! During my first trimester, I experienced only very mild morning sickness but I was extremely lethargic especially during the first 6 weeks when I didn’t know I am pregnant! It’s weird that I still do not have any weird or strong cravings, just the occasional fast food perhaps. I’m thankful for being pregnant because I can indulge in ice cream before bedtime without any guilt! LOL. You should check out our fridge! We have like 4 tubs and 2 boxes of ice cream!

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I was about 5 months pregnant when we were in Japan, and it wasn’t the case that I wasn’t really showing yet. The thick layers of clothing helped to conceal my baby bump a little 😛 Here’s a clearer recent photo of 3 plus 1! 🙂 It feels really surreal that misterchewy and I are gonna be new parents all over again soon! Little misschewy is equally excited because we told her she’s gonna be a jie jie! Well, WE LOVE KIDS!! *Throws confetti and sprinkles baby dust* 😀