J.K.L Stories

Jolyn’s Wedding
January 09, 2021

Jolyn’s Wedding

Second wedding of the year...

My day started at 6.30 am, as the make-up artist arrived earlier to do the make-up for the bride and my mom. At 8 am, I had to wake up Jake and get him ready before the groom arrived. At 9 am, Jake, Jolyn and my aunt indulged in playing Pokemon in the living room while waiting for the groom to arrive at the house. Unfortunately, due to this pandemic context, all the festivities seem so simple, that it doesn’t even feel like a wedding.

When the groom arrived, at around 9.30, Jake opened the door for him and I found it to be a special moment. H picked us up at 10 am and we arrived at the reception venue at 10.45 am, while being surrounded by a pouring shower of rain.

The solemnization took place at around 11 am and we finally got to see all of my aunts and cousins. Sadly, these days we are only able to see each other during a wedding or funeral, there is no in between.

We enjoyed the wedding lunch at 12 at noon and, at the end of the day, we were thrilled for the   newly-weds’ happiness and future together.

 

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Vanessa Wedding
January 02, 2021

Vanessa Wedding

First wedding of the year

I had to wake up early in the morning to attend Vanessa’s wedding. The wedding venue was the Fullerton Pavilion, a luxurious and stylish location. It was the perfect occasion to finally meet up with everyone after the Covid-19 lockdown. The kids had heaps of fun and enjoyed the night in each other’s company. This special day made me look forward to Jolyn’s wedding, which will take place next week. Can’t wait for it!

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Happy New Year !
January 01, 2021

Happy New Year !

Unfortunately, this is not the weather we envisioned for the New Year’s Day. It’s been raining for the past days, so we had to stay at home the whole day and we had lunch with H. For the end of the evening, H came over for a game of Marjong.

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New Years Eve
December 31, 2020

New Years Eve

waiting for Fireworks!

H and I went PLQ for dinner and we watched an enjoyable movie afterwards. When the movie finished, we stumbled across what it looked like a party of fireworks for 2021. We have been dating for 9 years now and by this point, every birthday, anniversary, Christmas day, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and every other holiday seems just like any other ordinary day. However, it is important to bear in mind that each occasion should be celebrated!

 

Last photo for 2020

 

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2020 Reflections
December 30, 2020

2020 Reflections

I was sitting out on my balcony and feeling so at awe simply by taking a glance at the stunning and mesmerizing view form Marina Bay Sands, while admitting the enchantment of the Gardens by the Bay. The view uniquely captures a moment in eternity, when time appears to be paused, yet life finds a way to amaze you.

While letting myself drift away, my thoughts ran away to this year’s review. 2020 has been hard for everyone and, to put it lightly, it blasted me really hard.

I call this my `2020 Hurdles List`:

lost my job because of Covid-19;
lost my business customers because of Covid-19;
lost a cousin due to the hypocrisy that apparently has been her modus operandi over the years, while getting involved in family’s politics and playing on all sides;
had a tremendous quarrel with my family (thankfully, things improved now);
✓ almost lost the one love of my life

Even if at times I feel lost and confused about all of these situations, I am proactive and I understand these are a few step-backs that are meant to keep me going, to push me to get to the even better side of me, to the ultimate version of an improved self. This being said, I am working hard on searching for a job, knitting everyday in order to find new design ideas and transpose them into reality and, of course, working on my relationship and repairing it.

I am not going to lie – I am mentally and physically drained. I feel like somebody absorbed every last bit of energy and zest from me. Sometimes I find myself wishing to have a switch off button, to turn off or delete a decade of feelings and memories.

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2020 Family Photoshoot
December 26, 2020

2020 Family Photoshoot

 

For this year’s photoshoot, Jolyn and Jonathan didn’t join us due to some work commitments they had going on. For the photoshoot, I selected the Wool and the Gang Tina Tape yarn in the shade Navy Blue and Hot Pink, in the Kennedy design. I found myself so inspired by this design after building LEGOs with Jake. Isn’t it lovely how children always inspire us?

The photoshoot was a success and I got to enjoy every singlemoment of it, as this year has taught me to appreciate everything even more than before. Love, family and tranquility are the key to a well-balanced life.

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Christmas
December 25, 2020

Christmas

The entire year was kind of boring and different than the rest and for sure Christmas was the exact image of it. Due to the pandemic context, I feel like there is a veil on the festive season of love and giving. Everything feels rather dull and we didn’t even put up a tree this year... Not to mention we didn’t take our photos this year either.

The Christmas dinner festivities were kept on the low also, organizing it at home and playing a game of Mahjong with my parents. My mom bought some India salad, Jolyn bought Curry fish head and I was in charge with buying the coconut rice and dishes.  In the end, I am grateful I got to spend the Christmas day with my family and we enjoyed one another.

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Christmas Eve
December 24, 2020

Christmas Eve

Jake spent his Christmas Eve enjoying a simple and welcoming dinner with his friend G at Shake Shack, in the Jewel Changi Airport. After coffee, he indulged in playing Minecraft. He chose this location because of the menu which seems very festive, full of yummy desserts, shakes and delicious meals.

I feel like spending Christmas Eve with the closest friends and family members brings a certain light from within that shines bright the following year. Jake had a lot of fun and was so thrilled to be able to spend the Christmas Eve in the company of his good friend.

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H’s Christmas Present
December 23, 2020

H’s Christmas Present

I always strive to pick out the best gifts for my loved ones. All around the year I try to figure out what everybody likes and what they wish for, so that I can be the perfect gift giver or it least try my best at it.

This year, I bought an iPhone 12 Pro Max as a Christmas present for H. I knew he wanted something both useful and modern and the new iPhone seemed like the right choice. I think he enjoyed receiving this gift and I hope he likes it as much as I loved buying it for him. It’s always so pleasurable and delightful to create or to be able to obtain that special gift for your significant other. 

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Night Swim
December 17, 2020

Night Swim

It is Jake’s second time swimming during the night at the Marina Bay Sand infinity pool, overlooking the CBD area. Even though the water is utterly freezing and the weather is around 25 degrees, the view is mesmerizing! So dreamy and picturesque, almost like a painting from which lights escape along with the modern touch of the city. Memorable and story time worthy!

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Mum Birthday Lunch
December 16, 2020

Mum Birthday Lunch

For my mum’s birthday lunch, we are back at Rise. When we were younger, I remember so vividly like it was yesterday that we would go to Jumbo Seafood for every single birthday celebration. And the past few years we always celebrate birthdays at Rise. It has become somewhat of a tradition for us, I guess.  It is a beautiful location and we enjoy our time there. The food and cocktails were beyond our expectations and I feel like my mum was on her best spirits. It was the perfect spot for having our celebratory lunch that led to a relaxing rest of the day!

 

Mum birthday dinner at RISE last year.

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Mum’s Birthday Staycation at Marina Bay Sands
December 15, 2020

Mum’s Birthday Staycation at Marina Bay Sands

We are back here for Mum’s birthday staycation. As a kid, no matter what age you are, it always feels great to treat your parents and spoil them when you have the opportunity. As Latins used to say in more antique times, `Carpe Diem!` - Seize the moment, enjoy the day! I believe this is accurate and we should especially apply it with our parents, while they are still around to enjoy their presence.

We had a gorgeous staying at the hotel and my mum was over the moon with everything we had going on for her. From massages, to spa and special dishes, to simply relaxing under the sun with zero worries on her mind. This is a staycation that will live within me forever! 

The knitted top that Jake is wearing

I mean, I could not have possibly knitted something for me and my mum and leave Jake out of all of this fun, could I? Everything gets so much more delightful when he is around. Because he is a boy, I thought a jacket would suit him perfectly and it would enhance his beautiful features. It is the Blake hoodie, knitted using wool and the Gang Happy Billie Jean. Fun fact – the yarn is made from upcycle jeans. This is a great concept for kids as it teaches them to be stylish while being responsible and using sustainable friendly items, all at the same time.

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Mum’s Birthday at Mott32
December 14, 2020

Mum’s Birthday at Mott32

 

After so much time, we’ve finally got our chance to dine here, at Mott32. It’s an iconic place and we were thrilled to go, try their food and enjoy the atmosphere. We had their famous and oh-so-delicious Applewood roasted Peking duck. The reason this dish is their signature one it’s because the Peking duck is hand picked at 42 days old and marinated using special techniques and then smoked with Applewood. Another great dish we tried there, was their roasted pork which was another fantastic choice for us.

We recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy a glass of wine while savoring a yummy dinner!

For mummy’s birthday I didn’t want to just go to a mall or order something online. I wished to create something unique for her that she would cherish forever. And what better choice than knitting a top for her?

Knitting a top for mummy’s birthday

I enjoy giving names to the designs I bring to life and I called this one `Olivia`. I find this name to be the feminine version of the Oliver design. Also, being a lace version makes it even more perfect for ladies. I specifically selected a prime wool and knitted it adding the right amount of the Gang Happy Shiny Cotton in the Eagle Gray shade. I believe thiscomplements her skin tone perfectly and it looks aesthetically beautiful on her. I feel likeshe really enjoyed receiving this as a gift from me and she appreciated my gesture. I am delighted she loves it!

The knitted top I’m wearing

Of course, I wanted to match my mummy. No matter the age, it is always fun to dress up with your mum and have a relaxing and joyful day together, especially for such a jolly occasion like her birthday celebrations. The name of the top I’m wearing is `Iris`. I have to say, I am pretty impressed and satisfied with the names I pick for my creations. Thistop is the ladies correspondent of the Isaac design. It is knitted using the same fabrics which I used for my mum’s top – wool and the Gang Happy Shiny Cotton, this time in the Ivory White shade. I love how it feels on my skin, as it is so smooth and comfortable, like a warm fuzzy hug. I also enjoy that I don’t get too hot or too chilly while wearing. The perfect mix of fabrics!

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Weekly Giveaway For The Month Of December!
December 07, 2020

Weekly Giveaway For The Month Of December!

Here we are again for our December weekly giveaway! This time around, we have something comfortable, practical and so useful in these uncertain times. We’ve teamed up with ANS.EIN and we’ll be offering to three lucky winners a colorful 3 ply reusable mask.

This mask is special for more than just one reason.

Besides being made out of 2 layers of cotton and 1 layer of waterproof fabric to block water droplets that are so dangerous for our safety, it also comes in different colors! You can finally give up on that bland and boring single colored mask and properly accessorize your outfit with this one. The options range from from pale pink, fuchsia and red, to tiffany blue, mint and lavender.

The rubber band at the side is also adjustable. We’ve all been there, the mask is either to tight or too loose, but now you can adapt it to your own measurements. You can also choose if you want it to have an earloop or a headloop.

Another cool aspect is that you’ll be doing the environment a favor. The mask is reusable and can be washed manually with cold water and left to dry under sunlight to sanitize it.

To enter the giveaway, you have to follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @HouseOfPumpkin & @ans.ein
  2. Tag 2 friends in the comment section down below
  3. Like and Share this post

Hurry up and enter the giveaway as it is going to end on December, 24th. The three lucky winners will be announced on December, 25th.

Fingers crossed and talk to you soon!

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Mask for Familyshoot!
November 30, 2020

Mask for Familyshoot!

We were supposed to have a family photoshoot, but Jolyn and Jonathan couldn’t make it to the venue, due to their wedding which is planned to take place in January. Because of this, they would really prefer to save their annual leave for the next year.

Even so, I hope we will be able to organize a family photoshoot again next year and have them around as well.

Also, I have to say I love the mask I got form @ans.ein! They create the most comfortable and fashionable mask, which can actually be almost like an accessory to the outfit.

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Thanksgiving 2020
November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving 2020

I feel like this year has taught all of us to appreciate things to a different level and to understand that everything in life is precious, even though it may not seem so at the moment.

My family has never had this tradition of planning and hosting a Thanksgiving dinner. However, I wanted to change things up a bit for Jake. I want him to be thankful for everything in life, especially for the people who love and support him along his journey. It is important to not take anyone for granted and to appreciate even the small things around him.

Being thankful is a forever state of mind!

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Family Staycation 2020
November 22, 2020

Family Staycation 2020

The moment has finally arrived – we get to have our first family staycation after the Covid-19 lockdown! We chose the Marina Bay sands hotel, as there are plenty activities to enjoy on and the quality of its services is top notch. I also feel like my dad is really enjoying the view and this entire staycation.

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Second Staycation for DJH
November 20, 2020

Second Staycation for DJH

After so many years of not being able to spend as much quality time together as we would have wanted to, this is the first year we decided to enjoy a staycation together. And it gets even better: this is actually our second one! Truth be told, this almost feels like a blessing in disguise during the COVID pandemic, I guess.

However, because life is full of surprises of each kind, due to showers of rain, we could only spend our staycation inside our room. Nonetheless, we had plenty of fun and we laughed non-stop.

Truly, we couldn’t be happier about our precious staycation together!

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WATG Tina Tape Yarn - Softer then silk, Cooler than linen
November 19, 2020

WATG Tina Tape Yarn - Softer then silk, Cooler than linen

My Tina tape yarn from WATG is finally here after 3 weeks of wait.

I ordered Midnight Blue for the guys and Hot Pink for the ladies.

I also got Jog Grey for Jake’s new Dino jacket and Space Black for myself.

Tina Tape’s simply the best at having the planet’s back. It’s made from eucalyptus tree fibre using renewable energy – double win. And wait for it, this softer-than silk, cooler-than-linen flat tape yarn’s vegan and uses no nasty chemicals either.

If anyone is interested in this yarn instead of our Shiny Happy Cotton yarns. Drop me an email and we can discuss more!

 

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School’s OUT!
November 17, 2020

School’s OUT!

Great news ahead: staycation starts now! Thankfully, for the next one and a half months, it is school holiday period in Singapore and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it!

This week is our first staycation and we have already made our plans about indoors activities and other fun stuff we have prepared. It is so exciting that we will spend more time together as a family and we are always grateful for this! We will relax, watch movies, eat a lot of great food and enjoy each other’s company.

Nothing can beat a fabulous staycation with your loved ones!

Because we loved our time at the Marina Bay Sand, we went back there for a lovely staycation with aunt Janet. Even though we never really have the same perspective on things, my heart aches looking at her… She is so sweet and truly dotes on her nieces and grandnephew!

During our staycation, a rather distinct feeling embraced me and I couldn’t help but wonder if the next day I will wake up and find her resting in a painless and peaceful forever sleep…

As I grow older, I certainly start cherishing everyone around me even more than I did before, and give my thanks for each beautiful day that I receive as a gift to wake up to.

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Studycation
October 20, 2020

Studycation

There are only two weeks left until Jake’s final exam and we are all on our toes, excited and anxious as well. We decided to book a staycation for Jake mainly. In this way, he can study in peace while at the same time enjoying the hotel’s awesome and pristine facilities.

Staying at home was simply not an option for us. It would have driven all of us crazy to be stuck in the same place and wait for the time to pass until his exam.

It was the right decision for us and it was definitely a success for Jake!

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Children’s Day Staycation @ Hotel Micheal Sentosa
October 09, 2020

Children’s Day Staycation @ Hotel Micheal Sentosa

Of course, we had to plan something for this year’s Children’s Day. We made up our minds and booked a 3-days staycation at Michael Hotel in Sentosa. Because of H’s crazy schedule always standing in the way of planning a vacation, it’s been a long time since we’ve actually travelled, not to mention enjoying a staycation. This was the perfect excuse for us to savor the nice and well-deserved break!

We love creating memories and enjoy having adventures together! We went to the Mega Adventure – Singapore to have a taste of the world’s famous Mega Zip flying fox.  It was so exciting for the children and we definitely had our fair share of laughs and contentment.

We are certainly now looking forward to our next staycation!

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1st Staycation at Marina Bay Sands after circuit breaker
September 10, 2020

1st Staycation at Marina Bay Sands after circuit breaker

Needless to say, 2020 was a tough and consuming year for everyone. As traveling is not an option at the moment, we’ve decided to book a staycation for the kids. It was about time they get out of the house and enjoy their free time around other kids, living their childhood care-free, as it is supposed to be.

We thought that Marina Bay Sands would be the perfect choice for this. If you are not familiar with the hotel, it is one of the most famous hotels in Singapore, mainly due to the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool.

The kids had a blast and we enjoyed watching them play together and get a sense of normalcy during these pandemic times.

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