A little more for end of the year..

That, my dears, is the list (not yet finalised!) of to-dos in preparation for end of the year.

So much to do, so little time - this saying has finally rang true and through.

We're taking baby steps at the moment. Inching closer to ticking off every item on the list. But of course, who are we kidding? It's me, the Missy. If ever there's a shortcut, you can safely bet on your Louboutin that I'm taking it.

Still, as tired as we are with planning and preparation on top of work and studies, we quite like putting thoughts into the little details. It just makes it feel real, all warm and cosy.. very much like sharing a pecan tart with your husband in the peak of autumn.

It is with this anticipation that, despite the initial shock of having a big carton dropped off at our table, we gratuitously sorted out the DIY process of our invitation cards, one out of the long list of to-dos.

We promptly brought out the wine, only because we thought there's never a time when wine's not appropriate.

And we laid the wines, photos, cards, cardholder and the envelopes side by side so we can maximise productivity and actually see how we're progressing.

It's not too bad, really. We took less than two days altogether to glue the photos onto the cards, slip them into the holder and pair each with an envelope.

Not wanting to stop at just that, we went ahead and got ourselves rolls of ribbons in baby pink and blue; they're oh-so-pretty bundled up and tied in bows!


And I couldn't resist snapping a picture of the end result. Ain't those pastel shades calming after a huge stress-out session?


We mailed them out in batches to Norway, US and Malaysia last week. Fingers tightly crossed they're gonna show up as pretty as they were under our meticulous fingers.

3 more weeks before I fly home. 6 more weeks before the big day.

I'm not stressed! Who's stressed?!?


Becoming Dada and Mama..

Hello readers, first up, apologies for the long-overdue posts. But I'll explain why. And hopefully, yous will be able to rejoice with us (maybe drop a tear or two of happiness), and forget all about the improper delay of my postings.

Truth is, the last couple of weeks have been an exciting period for us, almost like a new beginning. Yes, we've got good news to share, so pull up a chair, and pull it up nicely right beside us :)


So, a little over 16 months ago, a young couple tied the knot. Very young, and dangerously in love.

So in love that they quickly decided being just the two of us is not such a bad idea at all. What with both parents' ceaseless nagging and threatening, they are not quite yet ready to relent.

They still want to explore the world together, find comfort in each other while strolling foreign lands, basking in the era of alone-time forever, and of course, being able to occasionally walk around the lounge naked. As much as they adore their parents, they have incurred their wrath by depriving them of a playmate. Alas, what can the parents do but to subsequently crawl back into their grandchild-longing-land. And the young couple continued to relish their precious precious minutes together, firmly believing that as long as they have each other, it's happiness, and it's enough.

But as fate would usually have it, things started to change. They don't know when or where it happened, but somewhere along the journey, they changed their thinking. Maybe it was loneliness, or maybe they finally feel able to take on more responsibility; they now think maybe an addition to the family would not be as bad as they thought.


I started feeling anxious and uneasy a little over a week ago, and Baby Hubz was just plain excited. We went to a specialist and everything just fell in place. Affirmative.

Dearies, I'd like you to meet the proud Mama and Dada..

And since you were so kind and patient,

Say hello to the Tran's family addition..

Jarlsberg (left) and Mozzarella (right)

Ain't they just the cutest thing since a million years??

See how chubby Jarlsberg got after just TWO days at home!

Mozzarella at the back, showing off his rounded bottom.

I swear we can sit there and stare at them and laugh out loud for hours and hours. Responsibility never felt this heartwarming.

Now we know why Mum and Dad rushed us for kids. Not just for the smile on your face, but also the joy they bring to your life.


Groovin' to the Groove

Missy has never been much of a big beat, electronica, or house-fan. Well, not much might be taking it a little too pleasantly; perhaps not at all would better hit the spot. Loud and heavy beats screw up my head, every-single-time.

That is, until these beats drum out from Baby Hubz' iTunes, while I was laying on the couch with my book on a very lazy Saturday noon.

Missy is converted since.

Say hello to my newfound friend, people. Say hi to the Groove Armada.

And meet the duo behind the attract-factor, Andy Cato and Tom Findlay.

Now that I've opened up to this new world, I really find it quite irresistible. Sure I adore my classics, jazz and all things blue, but this is different! There is a light and airy touch to the usual beats. And I find it kind of fresh, kind of pure, and kind of.. kinky. Something within just strikes me, or maybe just because I'm changed.


Basically still a noob to this genre of music, so I obviously can't give any spectacular review or anything, just a squeal of delight at discovering something new.

If you're thinking of stepping out and embracing something new too, check out my two three favourites; I See You Baby (Fatboy Slim Remix), My Friend, and Think Twice. Superstylin is nice too if you crave something heavier.

These tunes have been drumming in my ear for the past few days. Still ain't bored, baby!