Cheongsam news for the month

The news on cheongsam have been a little slow lately. But here are some updates for the cheongsam lovers.

Mama & Misse

M&M has re-opened its store at International Plaza mid of this month. I haven’t been there to check out yet, but have seen some photos posted on its FB page. I must say the dresses do look rather pretty though they are more suited for formal wear.
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I like how the above geometric-print gives the cheongsam an interesting modern look while retaining it’s traditional design, and it’s my favorite of the four. The prices of the dresses range between S $288 to S $468.

Joli Pretty

JP launched its latest 13th collection last Thursday in the evening, a change from their usual 3.00pm launch. Though there are some “new designs” (at least from JP) out of the 10 dresses, the offerings are not exactly enticing. In fact they are more or less slight variations of the usual simple look, and nothing stands out in the prints or style.
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The below wrap dress reminds me of a similar design from Our Bitsy Prints, except that unlike the latter dress, this has a back zip and no pockets.
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The only dress that caught my eyes is the one below with scalloped hemline.
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Sissae

Sissae celebrates its 4th anniversary by giving 10% discount for its latest collections on its online store. If you have eyeing them, you can take advantage of this offer.

Lark & Peony

L&P will soon launch a two-piece cheongsam attire to cater to customers requesting for something that they can easily move around in, like riding on a bike. So L&P created this prototype of a cheongsam top with matching shorts. The design will be launched in batik and African prints.
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To be honest, I’ve reservations about the matching set. Maybe it’s the print, but it looks a little “aunty” to me. I rather get a simple cheongsam top and match it with jeans, tights or separate shorts.

Being dino-mad

I have mentioned in a couple of previous posts that Buddy loves dinosaurs. In fact you can say he’s dino-mad. Half of his closet are shirts with dinosaur prints, and so are half of his pyjamas. He also has dino socks which I managed to find at Mothercare, though out of the five pairs in the pack, only three have dino prints.

For a very long time, he wouldn’t want to wear anything that doesn’t have dino on it. I had to resort to hiding his dino shirts to make him wear something different. Thank goodness he is now more open to wearing non-dino PJs. But for going-out shirts, dinos still rule.

A few days ago, I made a dino hat for him. I bought a bucket hat from Cotton On Kids for only S$2 and ordered dino appliqués from Etsy, which I then ironed on the hat and reinforced with some stitching. Lucky I did that because Buddy tried pealing the appliqués off.
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Then there are lots and lots of dino stickers that I bought for him, which ended up with them stuck everywhere in the house and the car. Problem is Buddy doesn’t like to stick them on papers to make a picture. Instead he likes to use them for make-believe play and then stick them anywhere convenient when he is done playing.
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Sticker on the couch

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Stickers on computer table

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Stickers on bathroom counter wall


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Stickers on his desk

Naturally there are stickers on the clothes, which I usually only realized after laundry, and even on the floor.

Buddy also loves to play make-believe with his dino figures, like organizing a party for them. He will make a dino strawberry cake for the birthday dino, and invites us to the party, “mama/papa, do you want to come to my party?”

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The birthday dino


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The dino friends

My father-in-law bought Buddy a big battery-operated Triceratop toy that moves and makes loud sound for his 3rd birthday, but it scares him and so we removed the batteries. Even then Buddy rarely plays with it; it seems Triceratop is not his favored dino.
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Buddy didn’t have any fluff toys when he was younger because of his eczema problem. But a few months ago, we got him a fluff T-Rex (as expected his name is “Rex”), and thank God it doesn’t caused any skin irritation so far (though I do wash it regularly). Still, Rex isn’t Buddy’s must-have bedtime companion. Instead it’s his beloved doggie cushion which he has since he was much younger (it’s his lovey).

Of course dino books are a given whenever we go to the library. That’s the first thing he will search for. We always have to borrow a couple of dino books during each trip, not just stories but also information on the dinos.

I’m not sure how long this love affair with dino will last, but I must say my knowledge of dinosaur has grown thanks to Buddy. Previously I only knew of T-Rex, but now I can recognize a lot more of them. Anyway Buddy tends to be rather specific and focused in his interests, and so maybe this particular interest will turn into a deeper passion.

Enrichment for Buddy

My husband and I are pretty cautious about signing up Buddy for enrichment classes. So far, he is only attending two classes a week: My Gym and Berries. We sent Buddy to the former last year to build his self confidence (at the advice of his teacher). When that ended, we then put him in the Speech & Drama class at Lorna Whiston (also on advice) before we cut that short, and return to MG. We sent Buddy to Berries for Mandarin enrichment class. So far, he has only been to three lessons so far and it seems like he’s ok with it and may even be enjoying them. The thing about Berries is that there are no parents in attendance unless it’s a trial class when exception is made. So Buddy wails whenever I leave him behind, but he’ll calm down soon after. We hope that this will allow him to be more independent and less clingy. The reason why we are putting him through Mandarin enrichment is for him to have a good foundation in the language.  Otherwise, it’ll be torturous for him in primary school when the curriculum requires a basic level of understanding. I have heard enough stories from parents whose kids hate Chinese so much that it became a nightmare for them.

I speak mainly in Mandarin to Buddy while my husband speaks to him in English. This is again on the advice of his daycare teachers who told us last year that he didn’t appreciate the Chinese songs despite being in a bilingual environment. We realized that if we didn’t want him to detest the language, we had better do something about it while there was still time. I must say it has been effective, and Buddy will converse to me in the language now. I also read to him in both English and Mandarin during bedtime.

Still, I can’t teach Buddy the Chinese language because, honestly, I don’t have the fluency due to the fact that I don’t use it much. My husband fares even worse; the only time he learned the language was at an elementary business Mandarin course taken donkey years ago, which he totally forgot not long after it ended. His comprehension level is similar to Buddy (in fact Buddy actually knows more words from speaking with me). So now that Buddy attends Berries and brings home the Chinese characters he learned in class, my husband is learning along as well. But he can’t stop griping, “why the hell is the language so complex?”

Anyway we chose Berries for Buddy after I did some online research, and found that it is the most popular Mandarin enrichment provider, and the lessons are taught in a fun manner to encourage learning. We were very lucky to get a slot in the weekend since classes are filled up rather quickly because of the high demand. The fee is non-refundable even if we terminate mid-way, but I paid for the whole term anyway, since, unlike Speech and Drama, Chinese language is a necessity, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’ll enjoy the classes. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear him singing a song, a couple of days ago, that he had learned in the class. I’m also pleased that he’s able to recognize most of the Chinese characters taught. He hasn’t started writing yet, which I understand will begin next year.

I know there are many kids who are going for more enrichment classes than Buddy, but I guess it’s probably because they are not in daycare, We only want Buddy to attend classes that will provide real value, and right now we don’t see any point in sending him to Math, music or reading lessons. Instead, for the past seven months or so, we provide in-house enrichment for him where we have a weekly schedule of activities that he works on almost every night after dinner, using learning products from The Learning Journey.

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Like Monday night is counting. Initially we had Buddy learned to count using the match-it puzzle pieces from The Learning Journey. Now, we got him to learn addition and subtraction.  However we realized that he still doesn’t really understand the concepts of add and subtract, and so we used actual objects like his toys and even fingers to show him what they really mean. But he is still a little confused, and I suspect it’s because he cannot visualize yet in his mind the concepts. We tried showing him how 1 + 1 = 2 using his dino figures and he was able to count the actual objects. But when asked, without the objects, he is lost. So we’re still working on it slowly.

We’re also working on Buddy’s spelling, which he has an easier time picking up. We also started with TLJ product but it soon became clear that Buddy was able to do it well because of his puzzle skill. So we tried a different tact, and instead asked him to spell the word with only pictures shown, while also testing his word recognition by only showing him the words without pictures.

Puzzle is Buddy’s favorite enrichment game. We exposed him to jigsaw puzzle when he was about 18 months old through the use of ipad app. We later bought him TLJ puzzles when he was 20 months old, starting with the simple 2 to 8-piece shape puzzles. It took him a few months before he could master all. We then proceeded to get more complicated jigsaw puzzles for him: 24-piece and 30-piece. A couple of the 30-piece puzzles were pretty tough like the Fire Engine and the Construction site because of some similar pieces. And Buddy is not the sort who looks at the completed picture on the box to put the pieces together, despite us telling him to do so repeatedly. Instead he looks at the patterns of the different pieces to try to figure out. Of course we had to help him out initially, and eventually he got the hang of it.

Buddy, being dino-mad, has to have dino puzzles, and we got him two: one easy 30-piece and later, a more complex 50-piece. For the latter, it took some time and he is now able to do it on his own.
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Recently we got him to work on a really difficult 63-piece pirate puzzle. Maybe it’s really complicated or that the picture doesn’t excite him but Buddy is reluctant to try it again.
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I’m going to tempt him to work on it again by tangling a 100-piece dino puzzle from Djeco, that once he is able to complete the pirate puzzle on his own, he can work on the gigantic dino one.
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We get other learning products for Buddy as well, and his favorites are the Goki’s Color Assorting Board  and the Djeco Ludo Logic.
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He doesn’t like the Plan Toy memory product as much though.
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We feel that It’s important for Buddy to enjoy learning. So when he gets upset after we press him a little hard on learning addition and subtraction, we lay off  the subject for a while before returning to it. So far, Buddy has been largely receptive to this little enrichment exercise at home, and sometimes, he even insisted on doing it when we suggested skipping for the night when it got a little late. To us, this is a good sign.

Quick updates on cheongsam news

A short post to update all on some news from the online stores.

The Happy Cheongsam
THC is having a sale right now (started on 1 July) at up to 40% off. It covers available dresses and tops from all its past 10 collections.

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Pink Poppies

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La Petite Robe

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Katwalk

Joli Pretty
JP‘s sale starts today, at up to 65% off. Just like THC, it also covers all past collections.

Fly High

Fly High

Sweet Apple

Sweet Apple

Cloth.ier
The online store is offering discount at up to 70% off, with additional 20% discount for minimum purchase of S$88.
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Our Bitsy Prints
OBP is back after a vacation break, and yesterday the retailer launched its 24th collecton – State of UTOPIA. There are only 6 designs available, including a couple of new ones. Here are some pictures.
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Lark & Peony
LP launched new “Princess” design cheongsam dresses with obi belts  on 1 July. They look good on well-endowed women, and unfortunately I’m not one.

Red momiji

Red momiji

Blue fujisan

Blue fujisan

Emerald Asanoha

Emerald Asanoha

Now that Buddy is 3

When we took Buddy for his 3 – year development assessment earlier this month, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that his height was 98cm (38.6″). We had always felt that he was growing taller, albeit a little slowly, but didn’t know he has grown this much. (I guess, subconsciously, we are hoping he might be like Jeremy Lin.) Of course the development will continue into his teenage years and there will be more charting going forward. Right now, we’re glad he is taller than expected, and his weight has only increased slightly to 13.7kg (30.2 lbs). He has come a long, long way since he was a tubby sumo baby at 3 months old.

So far, Buddy quit the pacifier when he turned two rather easily without any fuss, and since end of last year, he has moved to a big boy bed. However he doesn’t want to fall asleep on his own, he always wanted me to lie down with him. I don’t think it’s because of the dark, though sometimes he says he is scared of the big triceratop toy that grandpa bought him and sometimes it’s T-Rex. Even for his afternoon nap, he wants me to be with him too. It has been a little frustrating for me because I have chores waiting, and sometimes it takes quite while before he falls asleep. I have tried leaving him alone, and he would end up standing at the door looking out into the living room. If not, he will cry when I leave him. I checked out the web to see if there is any effective way to get him sleeping on his own until I read this article from Your Modern Family “Mommy Will You Lay With Me”. Yes, before I know it, the boy will not want me to lie beside him and so I should spend this time with him when he wants to cuddle with me, and gives me kisses. Though I have to admit that sometimes the thought of the chores do get the better of me. Like the author, my husband also told me to spend the time with Buddy while he still asks me to. Besides, motherly/fatherly love is one of the three key ingredients for the mental development of a child (the others being diet and exercise).

There are still a couple of things that I am trying wean Buddy off. First, he still gets up in the early morning, between 4 ish to 5ish, asking for milk. Initially, when he moved into his own room, he would stand at the door and cry after he woke up. After some coaxing, he now comes into our room and stands by my side of the bed and says, “mama, I want milk!” After the feed, he will lie on our bed instead of returning to his. It looks like he wants company during bedtime. Again, I checked online for ways to get him to sleep throughout the night. One suggestion was to change the milk to water, though i seriously wonder if this will work, and I don’t want a wailing child in the early morning when I am still desperate for sleep.

It is obvious that Buddy has developed a habit for bedtime milk. I used to try to give him a full bottle so that he doesn’t feel hungry and wakes up in the early morning. But that didn’t work, and worse Buddy peed so much that he caused his PJ to get damp. I have since reduced the milk by half so that he doesn’t get woken up by the soiled pants. But it looks like he may be waking up because he is hungry.

I am also trying out a reward system. I keeps telling him that if he sleeps through the night, I will draw a star for him, and when he gets five stars, I will give him Emily Train (from Thomas and Friends series). He did it last Saturday morning, and was very happy when he told me he had woken up for the day as he thought he could have the train. But I explained he only has one star and needs another four more. He hasn’t repeated the feat since. Maybe I have to show him the train to motivate him further.

The other thing that we need to work on Buddy is potty training. We bought a potty for him and even put dinosaur stickers on it to get him to try it out.
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He only used the potty once or twice, and refuses to continue after that. Instead, he wants the dino stickers. We read him this book “Dinosaur Doo” about dinos using the potty, and we encouraged him to be like them (since he calls himself a “baby dino”), but he still refuses to comply.

A colleague sent me an article on potty training, and the author wrote that one of the key tasks is that the child has to choose the potty so that there is motivation to use it, and the same goes for the underpants. I understand from the daycare teachers that he is willing to use the child toilet in the center, and actually knows how to pull down his pants and pee into it. But he doesn’t want to use the adult toilet at home. Maybe he’s intimidated by the size. We don’t think it’s advisable to get him a child toilet seat since he’s still not tall enough to get onto it. So I took him to a Mothercare store and he likes the Thomas Train potty. However my husband felt it was too small for him. Instead, he suggested that I removed all the dino stickers from the potty at home and replace with Thomas stickers, like Buddy’s scooter helmet. Perhaps he will be willing to give it a go.

Anyway, I guess it’s obvious by now that Buddy is dino mad. Dinosaur is his fav, followed closely by Thomas Train. He is not into superheroes or transformers, or guns and soldiers. I bought him Superman socks once and he refused to wear them. And it’s very difficult to get him to wear non-dino shirts; same goes for his PJs. It comes to a point when my husband told me to hide the dino shirts so that he can’t find them and is forced to wear something else. Needless to say, I can only get him dino shirts, at least for now. Strangely they are not very common, but good thing that the movie, Jurassic World, is being shown now and there are promotional shirts available.

The phrase “Terrible Twos” is something many parents have experienced from their toddlers.
Buddy has his fair share of tantrums though they are non-violent. He doesn’t throw things and only occasionally rolled on the floor. Basically he just wailed and whined. We usually tell him off with a firm voice, and if he persists, he will have to sit at the naught spot (on the play mat facing the patio), similar to the naughty corner advocated by Super Nanny. He can only get up when he is ready to say sorry.

To be honest, the naughty spot is not exactly a bad place to be. It’s not like Buddy is staring at the wall, instead he gets to look out at the palm fronds, which may be therapeutic. But he doesn’t like it one bit, and so far he only ended up there a few times. Now he tend to stop his bad behavior when we threaten him with the naughty spot.

We usually use the star reward system to persuade him to do as we say. We tell him, for instance, if he takes a nap, he will get a star sticker. Initially, he would get a toy of his choice after he accumulated 20 stars. I now up the ante to 30 stars since he was able to achieve the feat within a month. I must admit it doesn’t work all the time though, especially when he is upset.

We had a parents-teachers meeting at the daycare last Saturday, and was happy to learn that Buddy has improved a lot since he was in toddler class. He is more participative, more sociable, and has developed self-confidence. He has also learned how to communicate with his friends, like asking them to play instead of getting their attention by patting on the back. Like what my husband always says, “it doesn’t matter how Buddy compares vis-a-vis other kids as long as he shows progress”.

The amazing cheongsams from Lai Chan

Last week I visited Lai Chan boutique again, hoping to see some new designs. Eddie, Lai Chan’s brother, told me that the new collections are again delayed because of custom orders, but they managed to complete a couple of pieces. As expected, they were sold out in a jiffy once they hit the store. Thank God Eddie managed to take a few pictures before the customers collected them! Check out this interesting denim design! It is a cool rugged look.

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Take a look at this cheongsam with unique rope binding and wooden buttons. I find it absolutely gorgeous!

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It also comes in red (see below), but I thought the bright yellow looks better. Some customer has the same view and bought the yellow dress (again, thanks to Eddie for providing the above pictures).

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Here is a stately looking dress, glammed  up with beads and ready for formal occasions.

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For those looking for office wear, there are dresses in polka dot prints and come in navy blue and black. Personally, I prefer the navy blue with the contrasting white buttons. The black version looks like something a school teacher or principle will wear. It has a no-nonsense feel about it.

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Another cheongsam for office wear, made even more convenient with back zip instead of the usual buttons.

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A whimsical design from Lai Chan, with a zipped front panel and a crochet pocket. I think a mini version of this dress will look good on little girls.

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Check out this new design: a cheongsam capelet. It even has a Burberry-print binding. It can be an alternative to the cardigan or jacket, though it’s not something I will go for.
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This time, there are more cheongsam tops available, and the designs are beautifully done. Look closely at it.
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The top is not made from a whole piece of fabric unlike the usual blouse. It is actually different colored blocks of varying shapes sewn together. The workmanship is simply astounding!
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Below is an amazing-looking blouse, and I really like the assymetrical length and the combination of different fabric materials.
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Look at how the different fabric pieces are sewn seamlessly together. It’s a stunner!
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Eddie told me that, hopefully, the new collections will be available in July, and he will alert me when they hit the store. I can’t wait to check them out.

True Freedom and True Love?

During the past couple of months, I have been receiving messages from some Christian friends urging us to stand up against the liberal views of the LGBT community. (If you’re wondering what LGBT stands for, it is “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender”.) Apparently, some Christians are convinced that the LGBT community has dominated the media, and is now trying to impose its lifestyle on the rest of us, and would eventually lead to legalization of same-sex marriage. What horror! Think of the damaging influence this will have on our kids!

The latest outcry from the Christians came from this article True Freedom and True Love: a love note to the supporters of Pink Dot, supposedly written by a young lawyer. (FYI, Pink Dot is an annual rally in Singapore that supports the LGBT community and promotes inclusiveness and a freedom to love.)

Anyway, the letter,  written in an obfuscating style typical of the legal profession, is less of a love note and more of a biased and presumptuous I-Am-Right & You-Are-Wrong message. It states that only a marriage between a man and a woman is considered true love and only such union can have true freedom. Hmmm… now I wonder who are imposing their views on others. My question to these Christians is what made you so damn sure that your views are right and that God is on your side? I cannot remember that in the bible Jesus called on us to condemn the LGBT community. There are several mentions in the book that he socialized with the marginalized and the down-trodden, and was very compassionate towards them. In fact, I myself is convinced that if he was to appear before us today, he would have LGBT friends and accept them as they are. And I am also sure that Jesus would get heavily criticized by the righteous Christians for that, just like he was criticized by the Sadducees and Pharisees in the bible.

I’m not sure what’s with this obsession with the LGBT community, but I feel there are serious human-right issues  that we have to grapple with than to worry about same-sex marriage. I don’t see any outcry over mistreatment of foreign workers nor anyone from the Christian community standing up for their welfare. For instance, how come there is no open letter calling for better protection for foreign workers against employers’ abuses? We have a modern-day indentured slavery within our midst: low-wage foreign workers took up huge loans to come here for jobs, so that their families can have a better life. Some of them are cheated of their salaries by their employers and others are abandoned when they are injured. If this lawyer author is so full of love for fellow humans, shouldn’t he be fighting for the rights of these workers? How about we start questioning the Ministry of Manpower why we allow agents to charge these workers an arm and a leg to work here? These workers build our roads and houses, but the mentality among the locals seems to be that they should be kept out of sight and we don’t want them near us.

And why is the Christian community not up in arms over the proliferation of Singapore Pool betting stores in the heartland? Isn’t that a subtle encouragement for gambling among the populace, which is far worse than the LGBT issues? Or perhaps, spending money on the lottery is alright; let the hoi polloi have some fun throwing money away, but same-sex marriage is dangerous. (Of course the fact Singapore Pool has government endorsement is not lost on anyone.)

Anyone who calls himself a Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. But really, do we understand the teachings of Jesus? He was the social conscience of his time, a person who went against the norms. He came into the world with nothing, and left with nothing, and he urged his disciples to accept only the basic essentials of what others gave them and nothing more (rejection of materialism). He enjoyed the company of prostitutes, money-lenders, tax-collectors, the outcasts and the poor. He called on followers that when they were slapped on one cheek, to offer the other cheek, one of his many unconventional philosophies, even by today’s standards. So I think it’s apt we should ask ourselves, do we truly follow Jesus’ teachings?

Cheongsam updates again

Shanghai Tang is having its seasonable sale now, with discounts at up to 40% off. I checked out the dresses and picked out some pretty ones. Top on my list is this sophisticated cap-sleeved dress with embossed panel.
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Check out the beautiful fabric panel on the dress and the zip detail along the seam.
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Another amazing black dress in jacquard fabric, featured previously, which also comes in white.
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A simple ivory cheongsam dress with cotton-acetate blend fabric.

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Here’s one with a flare skirt, with an elegant belt to accentuate the waist.

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This is another dress which I had featured previously, under the limited edition range. A beautiful orange floral lace dress that looks really chic with the heeled gladiator sandals.

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I must say Shanghai Tang really knows how to accessorize their dresses. I love how the complementary the belts are.

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Dayglow Vintage is participating in the Public Garden Consumer Trade Show this Saturday at Suntec City Convention Hall 403 (from 1.00PM to 7.00PM). For those interested in their vintage-inspired dresses, do check out the event when you have time.

Since Chinese New Year, Dayglow has only launched a few cheongsam dresses, and they’re all in the same designs: flare skirt with sash. I must say they don’t seem much different from previous collections, and after while, the design gets a little stale.

Dayglow owl dress

dayglow sakura dress

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Hana
Some cheongsams on display.

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I have to say the print on this dress makes me go a little crossed-eyes.

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Another cheongsam news update

Here are a couple of news from the online retailers.

Lark & Peony is having a summer sale for the entire month of June at 20% off on all merchandise. Use the code: SUMMER2015 at the checkout to get the discount. You can choose from the modern cheongsam dresses such as these:

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This dress looks like the collar height has been raised slightly.

Otherwise you can consider the classic cut with an obi belt.

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Or, the peplum cheongsam top.

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L&P has also launched accessories recently, specifically brooch, in cutesy Japanese designs.

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Sissae launched its latest collection a couple of days ago, and called it “Swoon”. I am not sure if I would swoon on the dresses, tops and vests, which are the typical dramatic and over-the-top designs. Most of which are more suitable for formal events, such as this dress with the thigh-high slit. I have to say it’s an eye-turner though, and does look amazing.
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I wouldn’t go for this garish cheongsam dress which would be most appropriate on a “Getai” stage.
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Sissae also has some elegant classic designs with a twist, like this embroidered dress which appears to have an assymetrical side slit.
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Another classic design with beautiful details on the collar.
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A loose fit cheongsam top, which doesn’t look swoon-worthy to me.
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A vest with a stunning back! Just look at the intricate cutout.
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The front view, which has a regal look about it.
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I notice that Sissae tends to use sateen fabric, and as a result, the dresses can be very unforgiving: any bulge will be exposed for all to see. You literally must have a flat tummy to look good. I think the designers should consider other fabrics or look at innovating the designs or cut to flatter the woman’s body, since very few of us have the model physique.

Buddy’s third birthday

I started preparing for Buddy’s birthday one and a half month ago. For him, it’s  not so much about the venue sourcing or invitees, since we don’t hold any birthday party for him. The main reason  being Buddy doesn’t go on play dates. His friends are all in day care since he has been attending one when he was an infant. So we have a mini celebration in school which save me the trouble of getting a party venue and the cost as well. Because of this, I splurge on his toys and the goodie bags for his friends.

I had wanted to get a sculpted Thomas Train chiffon cake for Buddy from Loving Creation for You, unfortunately the date I wanted for delivery was already reserved by another person. Anyway when we asked Buddy what he wanted, he said, “dinosaur cake!” (The boy is very big on dinosaur now.) So my husband suggested we get a rainbow cake from Jones the Grocer and decorate it (like what we did last year).

However as things would have it, Jones filed for bankruptcy in Australia! (I thought it closed it’s outlets in Singapore and turns out they are still open.) I did a little research on where I can get really good rainbow cake and an unexpected source was mentioned: Dean and Deluca. To be honest, we used to be regulars at the first store at Orchard Central. However as time passed, the quality went south, and so we stopped going. Still, I decided to check out the cake at the Far East Square store, and bought a slice for taste – test. The cake, which has a fruity sweetness to it, was a hit with Buddy and my husband, though I prefer the Jones’ version. My husband suggested having it with strawberries as they go well together. So we will add some on the cream icing, and decorate the cake with mini Bullyland dino figures we got from Natures Collection. These small ones are affordable at S$5.90 each and can fit on the cake.
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I also got a Take N play Rosie train from Amazon to go with the dinos. It’s like poor Rosie has ended up in Jurassic Park. (The toys double up as Buddy’s birthday gifts,)

Since we are not throwing a party for Buddy, I decided to splurge a little more on the goodie bags for the kids. I decided on a Peppa Pig theme for the girls and Thomas Train theme for the boys. I bought the recyclable goodie bags from Qoo10 instead of from Melody Gift which the activity books cannot fit in.
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Of course they have their matching activity books. I also added in a hanging PP plush toy, two sticker sheets, a small hand fan, and bookmarks for the girls.
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For the boys, I included a dinosaur squirter (from the Better Toy Store), a sheet of vehicle sticker (pretty good quality ones from Etsy), bookmarks and a small TT jigsaw puzzle.
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Now, since Buddy is the birthday boy, his goodie bag is different from the others. Other than decor toys mentioned earlier, I also bought him a Talking James from the Trackmaster series, which he has been asking for a long tine. He does have his activity book, and in fact I bought him two, one on dinosaur and the other on TT (of course).

So here’s the birthday cake with strawberries added. Earlier I had given Buddy a glimpse of the dino figures, and I asked him what he wanted on the cake. He named the Brachiosaurus, Pteradactyl and the Stegosaurus. It’s just as well, ’cause though I bought quite a large cake, but with the fruits included, there is only enough room for the there figures and Rosie.
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And to complete the themes, I bought PP lunch plates and napkins, as well as dino dessert plates. Here’s Alex looking delighted with the rainbow cake on his dino plate.
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The cake, as expected, was a hit with the kids, with some having cream on their noses as they gobbled it down. When we arrived at the daycare, the teachers told us that Buddy had been telling everybody about the dino cake. They thought it was in the shape of a dino! Anyway, most importantly, Buddy loves it with the DIY decor.