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This is so overdue.

A day before Alyssa was born I went for high-tea with Del and Sharon at 10 Scotts at Hyatt Hotel Singapore.  Actually I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to make tea at first because the week before the gynae thought that baby might come early.  But in the end baby decided to stay inside a bit longer, so tea it was!

And what good tea it was!

At $43 it’s not the cheapest, but it’s good value for what you get.  Included in the price are a tiered tea set filled with delectable finger-food like prawn canapes, beef sandwiches, tarts and other yummy hor d’oeuvres. You can ask for refills for items you like (the whole tier, even, if you wanted). There’s also a buffet spread of sweet treats and some savoury options that you can pick from. Plus, you get a choice of two drinks, which at regular a-la-carte prices would add up to almost $30 already. So it’s quite worth it. (But I’ll add that I didn’t pay that day because I was given a surprise treat by Del and Sha :) )

Teatime treats tier.  T-t-terrific!

Teatime treats tier. T-t-terrific!

The prawn cocktail crostini on the right is super!

The prawn cocktail crostini on the right is super!

More treats at the buffet line

More treats at the buffet table

Sorbet in jars

Sorbet  & ice cream in jars

My favourite item would definitely be the very creative and delicious brownie and ice-cream combination that is presented like a flower pot. I’ve never seen anything like it! And it’s definitely a nice idea to re-create at home for a party. Topped with oreo crumbs and a real flower as a garnish, it really looks like you are eating soil, but very tasty soil at that. With a dash of rum, it was a decadent treat.  I was tempted to have another, but after eating everything else was quite full, plus I wasn’t technically supposed to be having rum since I was preggers :)

Our plant food

Our plant food

Decorated with a mint spring, flower and blackberries

Decorated with a mint spring, flower and blackberries

The place doesn’t get very packed, is peaceful, and welcomes children – there were quite a few mummies with babies around.  Nice place for a ladies & babies afternoon.

David getting into the tea time groove :)

David getting into the tea time groove :)

10 Scotts is located at the Grand Hyatt Singapore.
Afternoon tea is served from Monday to Sunday, 12-5pm. There are two restaurant seatings for afternoon tea:
1st seating: 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
2nd seating: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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I had a feeling baby was coming soon.  So on the 7th, the night I headed to the hospital to deliver Alyssa, I took a bunch of photos with the boys.  It was such a wonderful time.  The boys had so much fun taking random pictures and then wrestling with one another.  I thought it was a perfect way to spend the evening before their sister arrived.

Cheese!

Cheese!

Fish lips

Fish lips

Pirates!

Pirates!

Asher wrestling Ellery.  He had the upper hand most of the time.

Asher wrestling Ellery. He had the upper hand most of the time.

Ellery managed to gain the upper hand!

Ellery managed to gain the upper hand!

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So at my last gynae appointment the doc said that baby is likely to come early this week.

I’ve been feeling a little nonstalgic about life with just my two sweet boys.  There’ve been a few nights where I sit in their room watching them sleep, just relishing the time I have with the two of them.  In the day time it gets a bit chaotic as they are very energetic and Ellery is also going through a whiny phase – which can be extremely irritating.  I feel so bad after scolding him sometimes, because I feel it sullies these last precious days with just the boys before baby comes.  And I always pray for a better day tomorrow, for a better me tomorrow.  That I’ll be able to handle them, Ellery in particular, more calmly and assuredly.

This pregnancy has been the most ‘tough’ of the three.  I say ‘tough’ in inverted commas because I’m fully aware that compared to many other people I still have it fairly easy.  I’m still very mobile, have my appetite, am not too tired, and on the whole I didn’t feel/get that sick.  It was only the initial trimester when I couldn’t drink water and could barely eat, but it was much better from the fourth month onwards.

But there have been issues.  These last two months I have pains/discomfort when walking, shifting positions, getting out of the car and such.  Apparently it’s something called symphysis pubis dysfunction and it’s common during pregnancy, particularly second pregnancies onwards.  So I’ve had to be more careful about how I move, though lately I’ve started being less cautious because I’m just so tired of being cautious.  But I’m reminded of it every time I experience a sharp pain.  Body’s getting old man.

And then I’ve been waddling.  I’ve never had to waddle for either of my previous two pregnancies.  But this last month it’s almost impossible not to waddle, especially after I get up from sitting down a long time.  Many people claim I still look small, butI feel huge and walk like I’m carrying a ginormous belly.

And the swelling.  I’ve always been able to wear my wedding ring throughout pregnancy.  But this time around, I can really feel my fingers swell up to the point its extremely uncomfortable to wear my wedding ring.  It’s become so tight!  Or rather, my fingers have become so fat!  And my watch feels tight too.  Yes, even my wrists have swelled.  I still wear my watch because I really feel lost without it, but often have to take it off to rub my sore wrists.

Maybe it’s a hormonal thing.  Everyone says carrying a girl is very different from carrying a boy.  And I think I’m convinced.

And the worse part at this stage of the pregnancy and this time of the year is the HEAT!  I feel so hot all the time!  The weather itself is crazy, and everyone has been complaining about the heat.  But being preggers, your body temperature is higher, and I’ve been feeling warmer than ever!  I step out of a shower and perspire almost immediately.  Even when sitting down beads of perspiration can start to form and just flow down the side of my head.  I’m almost always saying, “It’s so hot!  It’s so hot!!!!”

And it’s gonna be even worse during confinement I think.

I now appreciate my previous two pregnancies where I delivered at the end of the year where it’s cooler.  Now is just madness.

Anyway, I wonder when baby will come.  I pray the delivery goes smoothly.  I pray I recover well, that baby is healthy, and that the boys will handle the changes well and stay healthy too.

Strangely although this is my third pregnancy, I feel most anxious about the delivery now compared to past.  I think it has to do with being made to read some hospital disclaimer wayyy in advance of the delivery rather than just prior to delivering.  So I really pray for a safe, smooth, and completely uneventful delivery.

Anyway I better go rest.  Never know when I’ll next sleep through the night.  As it is I’m not really doing that anymore…

 

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I was around the Arab Street area.  And when I’m around Arab Street I always get the urge to pop into Zam Zam.  And since I have to eat red meat everyday, I had no choice but to go in to eat.  Surely you understand.

For you poor souls who do not know what Zam Zam is, it’s only the best place to eat murtabak in Singapore.  Their mutton murtabak is fantastic – generously stuffed with meat and onions, cooked with a perfect balance of spices to give a wonderful aroma and flavour.  The prata on the outside is done to crisp perfection, and the cracking sound of the prata as you push the fork into the murtabak is wonderful.  Mmm…just writing this makes me want to go there and eat it again.

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Stuffed to the max!

Stuffed to the max!

Lest you think only the mutton murtabak is good, the chicken murtabak is surprisingly good too.  One would imagine that chicken tends to be dry and stringy when shredded.  But their chicken murtabak is moist and juicy, with a very unique flavour.  The spice mix is different from the mutton murtabak.

Their other food is really good too, but their murtabak is my favourite.

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Again, I’m so grateful for variety in Singapore, which makes keeping up the red meat intake so much more fun.  We had a fabulous beef burrito and chimichanga (fried burrito) at Margarita’s at Dempsey for lunch one day.  I love, love, love Mexican food and always have a problem choosing from the menu.  There are just too many yummy things to pick from!  As always, the food was comforting and bursting with a mix of flavours, and I was extremely satisfied with my meal.

Beef burrito

Beef burrito

Beef chimichanga

Beef chimichanga generously stuffed

As for my other meals, when I’m not eating out I usually just do a simple beef dish at home.  The burger was an indulgence though!  Mmmm.  Homemade burger patties are the best.  My grandaunt was craving burgers, so we made a huge batch and went over for a burger party!

Beef stir-fry with capsicum and onions

Beef stir-fry with capsicum and onions

Pan fried beef slices with pasta

Pan fried beef slices with pasta

Homemade beef burger

Homemade beef burger with onions and cheese

One of my friends recently asked me whether it’s boring to have to eat red meat everyday.  And my answer was, no!  There really is a huge variety of ways to consume it.  Vive la variété!

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And the eating continues.

One thing that I’m really grateful for is that we have such a great variety of cuisines to choose from in Singapore.  I think if I had to eat red meat cooked in only one particular style I would tire of red meat very quickly!

I’ve been getting my red meat fill from all sorts of places – fast food, coffeeshops, restaurants, and home cooked.  I’ve eaten it cooked in Western, Japanese, Korean, Indian, and Chinese styles.  With so much variety, I hope to keep up this red meat thing without getting sick of it.

It’s all for you baby!

Eating Red 3

 

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Been keeping up the red meat intake.

Day 2: Burger from District 10 @ UE Square.  I love this place for its weekend bouncy castles.  It’s one of the few places around that you can truly enjoy your meal while the kids are entertained for hours on end.  We held Ellery’s 3rd birthday here in December (gotta write a post out on that!), and have come back another two times since.

The burgers here are really good.  Overall, for me I think they score higher on taste and presentation than the Huber’s burger.  Plus, the environment wins hands down.  The burger comes with a thick juicy beef patty, a fried egg, bacon, tomato, cheese, lettuce and onions, topped with a black and white sesame seed bun.  The fries that are served alongside it come out crisp and hot.  I’m not a fan of soggy fries.  This is one burger I can’t resist ordering whenever I’m there.

Burger from District 10

Burger from District 10

Day 3: Beef Hor Fun.  Well, that was what I ordered, but I ended up giving away most of the beef to the kids so I really just had hor fun.  So I guess that doesn’t really count.

Day 4: Beef steak from iSteaks Grill House @ Holland Village.  It’s the first time I’m eating here.  They serve Australian and New Zealand beef in a few cuts.  Given I have to eat steak cooked well done since I’m pregnant, there’s really no point going to the fancy steak joints.  Hawker centre / coffeeshop steak is just fine.  This steak would probably have been better medium-rare, but for a piece of meat cooked through, it was alright.  I do like that they were generous with their sides.  I had a nice pile of broccoli and a stack of onion rings.

iSteaks Grill @ Holland Village

iSteaks Grill House @ Holland Village

My steak

My steak

Day 5: Instant noodles with beef & an entire packet of spinach (green leafy veg helps with iron too).  Sometimes there’s nothing shioker than instant noodles.  So to up the nutrient count, I added beef slices, a ton of veg, and chilli padi, of course.

Iron packed meal

Iron packed meal

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