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I have found my favourite pulled pork sandwich and fish & chips place.  Sea Salt Caribbean Deli at Pasarbella has been a wonderful find that we have returned to again and again.  I stumbled upon it when I was exploring Pasarbella at The Grand Stand one day, and boy, am I happy I did. I love pulled pork.  It’s something I fell in love with when I was about 8 or 9 years old when we went to my parent’s Mexican friend’s house for a party.  I can still see the table covered with food, and Aunty Elena scooping out a portion of pulled pork from a huge silver pot.  She had cooked it herself, and it was wonderful.  I love how pulled pork is so tender and juicy, and with the right mix of spices it is oh so flavourful.

Sea Salt’s version, which is the Caribbean version obviously (not that I’m really sure what the difference is between the Caribbean and Mexican ones), ticks all the boxes when it comes to a pulled pork sandwich.  The shredded meat is beautifully tender without losing it’s bite, and is gorgeously juicy and robust.  The crusty thick-cut bread that it is served with is crisp on the outside but soft on the inside.  Spread with mayonnaise, it is perfect with the pork.  It’s a big sandwich, but that isn’t all.  It comes with a generous serving of mixed salad that includes a variety of greens like arugula, baby beet greens and frisée.

Pulled pork sandwich of your dreams

Pulled pork sandwich of your dreams

The other dish we love is the fish & chips.  You have a choice of fish, and we particularly like the sea bass for it’s sweetness.  The fish pieces are cut thick and chunky, so you know you are getting the real deal, and it’s good quality fish.  None of that thin processed fillet please.  The batter also doesn’t overwhelm the fish.  I don’t like when fish is over-battered and there is a sticky moist layer of unfried batter in between the crisp part and the fish.  Sea Salt’s fish was perfectly battered and fried when you order so it is served crisp and piping hot.

The part that the kids love most, and that I heartily approve of too, is that the fish is not served with regular potato fries.  It comes with a mix of sweet potato fries, plantain chips and yam chips.  Yummee!  It’s another generous serving and great for sharing.

Fish with sweet potato fries, plantain chips and yam chips

Fish with sweet potato fries, plantain chips and yam chips

Sea Salt is located in Pasarbella at The Grand Stand
200 Turf Club Road
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So one of things about carrying baby in a sling or baby carrier is that my valuables are usually in the diaper bag rather than on me.  I can sometimes be a bit careless about where I put the diaper bag, assuming that people won’t steal stuff from it since it’s mainly filled with diapers and such.  Or sometimes the hubby carries the diaper bag and it’s so troublesome to have to chase after him when I want to check my phone.  It’s especially troublesome when on holiday and I want the essentials right by my side.  My usual bigger sling bags would be impractical because then I’d have two big bags to handle.  So I decided to get the Urban Safari Crossbody Bag from Conversation Pieces.

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Urban Safari Crossbody Bag (Picture taken from Conversation Pieces website)

It’s a smallish sling bag that I can use to put my phone, calender (yes I’m old school that way), tissue/wet wipes, and some change.  With the zippered compartments it would safely stow away your passport as well if you’re travelling.  The gold chain was a little heavier than I expected, but it it’s sturdy and looks more polished than if it was a string.  With it’s removable chain, it also makes a versatile travel accessory.  You could use it as a sling bag in the day, or remove the chain as use it as a clutch in the evening.

For a more toned down summer look, I wore the bag with a simple black and white outfit.  I like how the aztec print livens up the look.  I generally also like to accessorize simple outfits with little touches, so for the pictures below I paired the bag with the Sandy Beaches Coral Bracelet just for a pop of summer cheerfulness!  It’s all about the details!

What's more convenient than a sling bag?

What’s more convenient than a sling bag?

Easy to get stuff from

Easy to get stuff from

Urban Safari Crossbody Bag with the Sandy Beachers Coral Bracelet

Urban Safari Crossbody Bag with the Sandy Beaches Coral Bracelet

Baby was napping when we came down to take these pics, but when she woke up she was more than happy to lay claim to some new treasures.

Hello from a 2-week old Alyssa!  "It's all mine, Mummy!"

“Hello!  It’s all mine, Mummy!”

Girls and their accessories

Girls and their accessories

I like how cheery these bracelets are.  Easy to pack along for a holiday and match with your outfits.  Pull out the Sandy Beaches Coral Bracelet for a more subtle hint of colour, while the Island Bracelet adds a boho vibe.

Check out Conversation Pieces and sign up for their newsletter to keep updated about the new arrivals.  This is the best time to get stuff if you’re from Singapore since the summer pieces will suit our weather.   Some things sell out quite quickly, so don’t hesitate if you like it!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  I received store credit to purchase items for review. All opinions are my own.  

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I’m looking forward to getting out of confinement and bringing the boys for outings again, so I’ve been on the look out for interesting events to attend with them.

ACE! Festival 2014 is one such event.  Starting from 21st May, it runs for slightly over two weeks to 8th June at the Drama Centre Theatre and Black Box.  This year’s theme is Long Ago and Far Away, and in line with that theme the festival promises enchanting stories, limitless adventures and magic for all ages.  There will be five original festival highlights that will let your imagination soar!

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Puss in Boots and Spot the Difference will be staged by local theatre group I Theatre, while Under the Dragon Moon will be presented by Creative Edge Ensemble, a new division of I Theatre dedicated to identifying and nurturing Singapore’s most promising young talents for the professional theatre.  The two international shows are Starbird by Toto Tales and Dotty the Dragon by Blunderbus Theatre Company, both from the UK.  With a mix of local and international acts, there will be lots of choice for parents wanting to bring their children for some exciting theatre productions.  And for the families who cannot stop at just one production, there is the ACE! Magic Passport which allows you to enjoy greater discounts when you purchase two or more Family Packages for ACE! Festival productions in a single receipt.

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Besides the theatre productions, there are also specially selected workshops led by professional facilitators where children can nurture their creativity, collaboration and confidence.  The workshops include Story Telling (StoryWise, Sheila Wee), Writing My First Story Book (ACT 3 Theatrics, R. Chandran), Parent-Child Bonding (Artistic Expressions), 4 O’clock Club (Artistic Expressions), Ceramic and Clay Workshop (Goodman Ceramic Studio), Fun Craft (JayJayJolly) and Craft through Drama (Toto Tales, Mara Menzies).

There are also some free fringe events scheduled that include storytelling, arts and crafts sessions, informal performances, seminars and talks.  You can read the show synopses, workshop write-ups and details of the non-ticketed programmes at the ACE! Festival website.  Go check it out!

Most of the shows take place at the end of May, so I’ll probably bring the kids to catch something in June when I’m out of confinement!

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I had blogged about Conversation Pieces a little while back, and since then Audrey’s added a whole bunch of fun summer pieces!  Being heavily preggers I could only drool over the pictures, but then I spotted the Flowers of Paradise Tunic and completely fell in love with it.  I don’t usually wear prints because I feel many prints don’t suit me.  But this was something I really liked.  With a bright floral print casually tossed across the fabric, I felt it was a lovely summer piece to add to my wardrobe, not least since Singapore is in almost perpetual summer.  Plus, the empire cut would flatter a postpartum physique :)

Flowers of Paradise Tunic (Picture taken from Conversation Pieces website)

I received the package two weeks after I delivered Alyssa, and was very happy to find the top fit just right.  The material is a light chiffon that flutters in the breeze, making it perfect for our hot and humid weather.  And it certainly helped to hide the remnant bulge from the pregnancy.  I paired the top with the Island Bracelet for an added splash of colour.

Great top for going to the park

Great top for going to the park

Island Bracelet paired with the Flowers of Paradise Tunic

Island Bracelet paired with the Flowers of Paradise Tunic

Having a good laugh at something funny the hubby said

Having a good laugh at something funny the hubby said – probably something to do with my forcing him to take pictures for me instead of letting him take a nap :)

As it’s a light piece that folds small, it’s a good top to pack along for holidays.  Whether you’re at the beach or in the park, on a cruise, or even strolling down the shopping strip, you’ll be in a summery holiday mood the whole time when you’re wearing this :)  We’re planning a road trip to Malaysia with the extended family, and I’m definitely bringing this along!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  I received store credit to purchase items for review. All opinions are my own. 

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TLC

My heart warms every time I see the boys being sweet and loving towards Alyssa.  Part of me wishes she would grow up quickly so she can talk and play with her brothers.  I guess we’ll just have to patiently wait for her to develop and for her personality to come through.

Cuddling Mei Mei

Cuddling Mei Mei

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Tummytime

The boys decided to join Alyssa for a bit of tummytime.  She hasn’t had much of it since she’s usually asleep, but this morning she was quite awake so let her try.  These cheeky Kor Kors couldn’t resist copying her legs-in-the-air position.  But it really was very funny to see her legs sticking up in the air :)

Altogether now!

Altogether now!

Doing her legs-in-the-air thing

Doing her legs-in-the-air thing

 

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The day we came back from the hospital with Alyssa the boys indulged in a long session of pretend play.  Ellery was the king, and sat on his sofa throne in their bedroom.  They had cordoned off the entrance, and anyone wanting to enter had to ask for permission.  Asher appointed himself the knight and guarded the doorway.  It was very very amusing.

 

King Ellery and the border of his kingdom

King Ellery and the border of his kingdom

A knight taking his job very seriously

A knight taking his job very seriously

 

Then later in the evening the King and the Knight were ‘sword fighting’, and the boys were so dramatic when they got stabbed, falling to the ground feigning death.  Then the survivor proceeded to mercilessly saw their defeated opponent!  Yikes.  But they were soo tickled by it, and it was soo funny to watch :)

Ellery sawing Asher after his victory

Ellery sawing Asher after his victory

All through that noise, Alyssa slept without making a peep.  Think she’s used to the noise from when she was in the belly.

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