#amonthoffaves2016 – A Few of My Favourite Things


A Month of Faves is hosted by Andi, Tanya and Tamara

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things – eg. to eat, drink, wear, smell, see, do, enjoy, best thing I bought, most used gift received etc, favorite concert, outdoor activity, place visited, most squee worthy moment of the year, biggest change.

It’s A Month of Faves again! I’ve been looking forward to this wonderful December blogging event!

Favourite things for 2016?

That’s a tough one. 2016 has been a big year for us!


Earlier in the year, my five-year-old getting picked for the Mandarin immersion kindergarten programme – it’s a lottery as there’s only one school in my city that has this programme and in the end there were 12 kids on the waitlist. He started kindergarten at the end of August and loves going to school. Kindergarten here is only a half-day programme and he’s in the afternoon class so that means I have a 3yo in AM preschool and a 5yo in PM kindergarten. It’s definitely a year of change for all of us!

A trip to Singapore

So we make this trip to Singapore nearly every year. But this was the first year that the husband and I took a little hotel staycation without the kids. We even dined at a couple of fine dining establishments, one of which eventually received 2 Michelin stars (2016 was the first year Singapore got the Michelin guide). (You can read more details here)

Singapore Day


The Singapore government has a unit catering to “Overseas Singaporeans”, that is, encouraging the return of us Overseas Singaporeans. So once a year they spend a huge chunk of money organizing Singapore Day. It has happened in places like China, Australia, London, New York, but this was the very first time it happened in California. So of course we had to attend. It was free but you had to be Singaporean (or at least know a Singaporean who could invite you). They flew in hawkers who cooked all kinds of Singapore food like roti prata, Hokkien mee, laksa, chicken rice, satay and more! They flew in entertainers – comedians, hosts, singers. Even the Deputy Prime Ministers came. (More details on my post here)



After Book Riot’s post on 10 people to follow on Litsy, I ended up becoming one of Litsy’s “suggested users” to follow. I also host a monthly book photo challenge on Litsy too. It’s a great community of bookish people! (I’m @reallifereading).

My very own library!

(Still shelving books)

We have a loft that has been used as (1) a TV room and (2) a baby room. And then it kind of ended up as a room that we used to store things in. A pity as it’s a lovely room with great light.

When it came time for us to order beds for the boys, the husband decided that we might as well order new shelves and convert the loft into a library! We got two sets of shelves from Ikea, a new sofa and even an armchair. It is quite lovely and before bedtime, we sit there and read together.

How about you? How was 2016 been?


  1. So many exciting things! I can’t wait to read more about your trip and Singapore day (sadly, my blog reading has been nonexistent), and I’m SO HAPPY for your ginormous following on Litsy. It could not be more deserved…your photos are so beautiful, and your taste in books, impeccable! ❤


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