on raising boys

Hello friends, How have you been?  In my part of the world, it's officially summer here! Hello longer days, balmy nights, beach life, tank top, shorts, flip flop, sunscreen,.... not so hello when the temperature hits 40 degrees, four days in the row though! School is also finished.  Goodbye year ten and welcome soon year… Continue reading on raising boys


four countries in three weeks

Note: this is gonna be a long enough post to read, so get comfortable and I hope I won't bore you too much! Hello blog friends, In the middle of September the father of my children and I went to the most amazing holiday to Europe sans the boys!  What a blast that was! The… Continue reading four countries in three weeks

beauty health & life style · review

the abnormal beauty

Firstly, I'm not a beauty blogger what so ever and second, this post is not paid.  All products I bought by myself, not a sponsor post.  This review is based on purely my own experience and I'd just like to share it with you all because I think it might be useful or helpful. Have… Continue reading the abnormal beauty

this mama's life

this mama’s life

  Oh hello!  Yes, it's me... I haven't blogged in forever because.... well, first of all, life. Being a solo parent definitely drains all of my energy! 😜 . Second of all, I'd like to write in the morning when I feel fresh and have lots of ideas.  But it never happens, because you know morning… Continue reading this mama’s life



Happy 15th birthday to both of you, my darling stars 🌟🌟 Fifteen.  Year 10.  Wow!  You used to run into my arms at Kindy, now you take the boat to school and I wonder where the years have gone.  In another year, you two will start to learn how to drive and that would be… Continue reading fifteen


a little update on this mama’s life

Hello blogospheres! Gosh, it's April already! 2019 goes so quick. Please slow down a bit. Well, life's been hectic enough for us. As you probably know that summer's finished in this part of the world. We're entering autumn, though the weather is still a bit warm for autumn I reckon. Summer sports (rowing and basketball)… Continue reading a little update on this mama’s life

what's in perth

perth garden festival

So, my girlfriend and I went to Perth Garden Festival 2019 this morning.  It's my first time to visit this event.  The weather this morning was pretty good, warm enough for autumn season in this part of the world, that you still need to slip, slap, and slop ☀️ We bought our tickets online with… Continue reading perth garden festival


hello miss saigon

As you've probably known from my IG stories and feeds that my two monkeys and I went to Vietnam for this summer holidays.  It was just for a short period, last get away before school starts. As this was our first time to Vietnam sans le hubby, we chose Saigon and the south area of… Continue reading hello miss saigon

Out & About · what's in perth

the secret garden that’s not so secret anymore

How are you people?  How was your week end? It''s been a beautiful summer weather here in Perth.  Average temperature is just below 30 celcius, until yesterday it reached 38C! But I think it will go down to around 30s, which is still bearable for my liking.  Good time for some beach actions, I… Continue reading the secret garden that’s not so secret anymore


chilli crab (singaporean style)

The other day DH and my boys and friends caught some crabs. So, chilli crab on the menu for dinner. This old recipe of Singaporean chilli crab is always handy so that’s why I reblog again and thought it would be useful to share too. Sorry no recent pictures of the crab, as I didn’t get a chance to take a pic, the chilli crab gone in 60 second 😝

The Shallow Kitchen

Firstly, Happy New Year Internet! 🙂 Secondly, this is my first ever post in 2013.  Been busy during this school holidays that I (again) neglected this blog. But, I am back now with bit spicy recipe of crab.  It’s just the season of crab in my household.  Hubby and my boys were out crabbing twice so far and every time they would bring home some fresh crabs for me to cook.

chilli crab


6 – 8 crabs, cleaned.

1/2 cup cornflour

1/2 cup peanut oil for frying

4 or 6 red chillies

1 tsp shrimp paste

1 stalk lemongrass, sliced thinly

2 tbspn olive oil

5 red shallots, sliced thinly

3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly

3-4cm fresh ginger, finely grated

3/4 cup chicken stock

1/3 cup tomato sauce

2 tsp sugar

2 – 3 green onions, sliced thinly

1/2 cup fresh coriander, roughly chopped

1 limes, juiced


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