This Is How I Met Your Daddy

29th April 2016

Today marks the 10th wedding anniversary for Kim and me. But it seemed like yesterday that we fell in love, stayed in love and married each other.

I am not one who is good with numbers so more often than not, Kim is the one who reminds me how many years we knew each other, our Nth wedding anniversary and etc.

It probably doesn’t matter that much to me because I know that this is one man I will stay married and committed to; so I lost count. hehe… good excuse. Smile

On a church trip to Israel – circa Year 2004. I almost can’t recognise myself here!

This is part of a blog train “This is how I met your Father” hosted by one of the mummy bloggers, Michelle, in my blogging network. Hopping on to share a personal love story as it etches onto my memory and I hope that my 2 boys will read about it one day especially when they reach the I-don’t-want-to-talk-to-you-teenagehood-years.

Boys, this is how I met your Dad.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

We were junior college mates to begin with. Kim was in the Science faculty while I was in the Commerce faculty. Our paths seldom cross until we were elected into the 19th Student Council (SC). In 1996, we were merely SC friends and being in different faculties, we seldom talked except in groups in the student council room. His initial impression of me was horrible to say the least. I was this obnoxious, irritating, BOSSY and arrogant Executive-Committee member who likes to boss people around and stick my head into discussions. Admittedly, I was probably over zealous in too many things during college days.

And my first impression of him is : I can’t remember anything of him! hahaha! Except when I tried very hard to recall, there was this very normal incident when all the SC members had to build a “ghost house” for a funfair; he was one of the guys who went to buy bamboo poles together. And that’s it. Zero impression.

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I don’t know why we looked so dishevelled here! I think it was when we were rehearsing for a cheerleading act.
But this is one of the rare photos we took before we were attached.

IMPRESS UPON ME

In Year 2 of college days, we had more interaction as we approach the end of our term as student councillors. He became more prominent because of his musical and leadership skills. He was taking the lead in bigger student events and suddenly his guitar and music skills came into use when the SC were organising chapel worship sessions (we were in a Christian college). What made me noticed him was that everyone was asking him to teach them guitar. He is good at his skills but irritating as a guitar teacher because he “motivates” by showing you the hardest pieces first. He still is the same now except that I gave up learning guitar from him! So, my dear sons, learn a musical instrument if you want to impress girls. Smile with tongue out

We stepped down from SC in the mid of Year 2 and it was an extremely emotional stage. Using his music-writing skills, Kim wrote a parting song for all of us at SC and we cried buckets of tears as we celebrate the friendships built within the SC and with the entire student cohort. That’s another story by itself. But all those months was the built-up to the start of a relationship between us. Actually I can’t remember the details of how feelings between us emerged. But we knew it all started from friendships.

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The whole student council as we “celebrate” stepping down as councillors. Can you find Kim and me? Smile

I remembered there was a school camp which we were organising and we stayed overnight together with many others. That night, he indicated that he had some feelings for another girl (!!!!!) and me (!!!!!). hahaa…. the peak of teenage-manhood!? I was like…ok … so how… it became a little awkward initially. I didn’t like love triangles –not my kind of thing. Shortly after that night, he sorted out his thoughts and feelings. He called me one night and told me one long story of A,B and C. Till today, he is one good story teller. I fell for it and am still falling for his stories!

Few days later, he was sending me home from school. I stayed really far away from school – about 1.5 hours of bus ride to reach home. He took good advantage of the long journey and we talked and talked. I cannot remember the minute details (memories are failing me!). I only remembered I held his hands in acknowledgement of his confessions and we were a “couple” after that bus ride home. He held my hands tight; almost afraid I will regret and let go! Kim specifically recorded the momentous date – 31st July 1997. Interestingly, our first son was born on 31st July 2009 – 12 years later! “God-incidences”? Smile

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In Student Councillors get-up. Circa – Year 1997

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MARATHON LOVE JOURNEY

Thinking back, I was like – Isn’t 18/19 years old kind of young??!! If my son tells me at 18 years old that he has a girlfriend, I might demand to meet the girl immediately! haha. Protective-mom on full alert!

But it did kind of felt right then.

Our relationship was not without hiccups along the way. We are possibly poles apart in our likes and dislikes, interest and hobbies. Kim is quiet(er) than me, introvert and more action-less-word kind of person. He enjoys (English) music, playing his guitar, learning new instruments, Maths and Sciences, general knowledge. I am loud, talkative, impatient and cannot-sit-still-type. I enjoy socialising, chatting with friends, food and (Mandarin) songs, drama serials. But it seemed that opposites do attract! We built similarities and common interests and friends over the years. Most importantly we shared the same faith which is the foundation of our relationship and later on, marriage.

Being involved with each other’s lives helped in the continuation of our boy-girl relationship. After my graduation, I decided to join Singapore Airlines as  a flight stewardess. Many church friends were not for it and cited this could possibly be a break-up point in our relationship. But Kim was very supportive and asked me to pursue my “dream”. Together, we went through his 2.5 years of army, 1 year of overseas working trip, 3 to 6 months of overseas school programmes and my 2 years of SQ life. The truth is we almost decided to part ways twice in our 9 years of relationship, but thankfully we never did.

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Since the Korean drama DOTS is very trendy now, here’s one of us in his army days. Smile – Circa Year 1998
My graduation trip with friends to Thailand – Year 2002
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Not our wedding! This was taken during his commission ball during OCS days in the army. One of the speeches that left me a deep impression during this ball was what one of the guys who went on stage said: “If the girl sitting next to you is the same person when you first joined the army, you are very lucky”. How true?!
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Took the opportunity during our wedding photo shoot to take memory photos of me in kebaya.

MARRIAGE PROPOSAL IN THE SACRED LAND

Nearing the 8th year of our relationship, we knew that we were ready to take the relationship to the next stage. He secretly planned and executed a marriage proposal when we were in Israel on a church trip. I honestly never see it coming! And I always thought I will be able to guess when he will propose! I knew he was going to propose one day; but I just didn’t expect it there and then and in a foreign land. He managed to borrow a guitar, wrote and sang a compelling song where he tricked me into saying YES in order to complete the song! He brought along a ring to accompany the whole action. How to say no lah. After the whole episode, he told me he just wanted to get rid of the ring because he was worried of losing it during the trip! So he “got rid of it” on my finger!!

Celebrating right after the proposal and the ring that he needed to “get rid of”

AND THEY LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER  …….

We got married in church on 29th April 2006. Kim wrote an English cum Mandarin song because he knew my preferences. Here’s a blog post I wrote few years back with a video clip of the song he composed: http://www.claudedambreville.com/2013/04/29/i-wanna-spend-my-life-with-you-2/

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How I met your Daddy

No marriage comes with a fairy-tale ending. But that’s what make life interesting. We can chat about almost anything and yet also appreciate silence when needed. And it is true that opposites attract! We filled up the gaps in each other lives. He is the rational, logical and pragmatic one whereas I am the spontaneous, chatty and emotional half. He is our finance and strategy director while I am the events and activities coordinator.

Today marks our 10th wedding anniversary. It is definitely not sun and roses everyday in our relationship and marriage; we have our fair share of quarrels, tears and getting mad days. But I am thankful that I found a man whom I can depend on for life – my friend, my husband and my love.

And just for my husband whose love language is words of affirmation, here are 10 reasons why I love this man:

1) He washes the toilets. I never ever need to wash any toilets in my life because I don’t like it. I will always take other chores such as washing dishes or mopping the floor over washing toilets. Save cleaning airplane toilets, I never need to wash our house’s toilets because Kim volunteers willingly. (I did break the records recently when the helper went back for home leave and the man is very busy)

2) 9 out of 10 times, I get to shower first when we reached home. He knows I don’t like to sit waiting for the shower. Very mundane thing, but a small act of consideration goes a long way.

3) He carries my bag. I know some are in disagreement on this. But I find it a gentlemanly act to help the girl carry her things/bags. One of the reasons I fell for him – He carried my books! If you are my era, you might remembered there was a trend of using elastic bands to tie our books together and carry them on our hands instead of in the bags. Kim always helped me with my tied-up books. Checked. Smile

4) He indulge me in the good things and provides for the family. Love alone cannot fill the stomach ya? He is known to be thrifty on his own expenses. But he will buy the best for me, the family and our extended families.

5) He allows me to eat! Ok, not too excessively! But he knows I enjoy my food. He did try to change me in the earlier days as he is the practical sort and subscribe to the “eat to live” thinking rather than “live to eat”. I belong to the latter and he soon learnt that almost nothing comes between me and my (yummy) food. hehehe.

6) He listens to me. Since we knew each other, we can talk and talk into the wee hours; even to the point of silence (when one of us fell asleep on the phone!). Till today, I am glad that he listens to me and my suggestions. Very often, that’s all women wants – to be heard? Smile

7) He humours me. In the literal meaning, he has a sarcastic sense of humour. And he makes effort to laugh at my jokes/actions to humour me.

8) He sings and play the guitar well. They say that music stirs the heart. And blessed with a good voice, he can be kind of charming when he sings.

9) He is the problem solver. Maybe it’s a man’s thing and a Godly man’s thing. Whether it’s a business problem I faced or the choked water pipe which needs fixing, he is my go-to person; not the plumber. hehe. I strongly believe the head of the household needs to be a good handyman too!

10) Last but not least, he loves me despite of all. And he never fails to remind me I won’t be able to find a person like him who can withstand my stubborn nature and loves me more than him. He’s probably right. hahaha.

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On our honeymoon to Eastern Europe – Year 2006

Xi En and Eizac, if you are reading this in the future, learn a trick or 2 from your Dad. Open-mouthed smile I hope you won’t start a relationship as early as Daddy and Mummy because we know the struggles of a marathon relationship. But I pray that when you are ready, you will learn to be a man who can be depended on, just like your Daddy. On the romantic part, ask your Mummy for tips. Open-mouthed smile

And to my friend of 20 years and husband of 10 years, Kim, Happy Sweet 10th Anniversary! Here’s to infinity. Smile

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Took a photo on 31st July 2014 at our alma mater which no longer stands at it’s old location

This is part of a blog train “How I met your Father” hosted by The Chill Mom

Tomorrow we have Janice Wong from Mishmashmess

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“I am a very exhausted full time working mom (FTWM), wife, crafter, blogger and educator who does everything just because she loves her family. I treasure this life which I have and do my utmost best to carve out as much as possible.”

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Friso Powered Ride On Car Campaign–“Strong Inside to Experience More Together”

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Friso Singapore knows what parents (and children) want and deliver them!

Friso had always been giving out good gifts together with purchases of their milk power. Previously we had the Friso Play Set which slide is still heavily utilised by my 2 boys. We also redeemed a Y-Filker scooter from another promotion. And now the boys are really excited about the newest Friso Powered Ride On Car!

Being boys, Xi en and Eizac had always been a little crazy over cars (especially Eizac). We attended a pre-launch event at Kallang Wave Mall few Saturdays back and both were thrilled with the try-out rides!

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We even had mini races with other blogger friends on the “tracks”! Friso kindly sponsored prizes and presents for the little ones. It was good to have a try-out on the cars as I realised Xi En at age 6+ and 16.5kg could fit into the Friso Powered Ride On Car. Eizac at 99cm and 3+ years old can also reach the foot pedal. I understood the max weight limit is between 25kg to 30kg.

We received a red car compliments of Friso at home and you can so see the ear-to-ear smiles on both boys’ face when it was delivered. We charged it up and they wasted no time to put it to good use. Smile

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One thing for sure, the boys are learning to share. Sharing with the neighbours and sharing with each other. But very soon, I am sure we will see more Friso Powered On Cars on the “roads”!

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Besides the car, of course the milk power more important! Open-mouthed smile This promotion is launched in conjunction to Friso’s LockNutri Process Technology. This technology enables protein in the formula to be preserved in their natural form, so that is can be readily absorbed by your child.

LockNutri was designed to eliminate the problem of proteins being destroyed during high heat when formula milk is being processed. This technology uses mild heat treatment during formula production process, so that proteins are preserved closer to their native structures. The nutrient can then be effectively absorbed by the body. Friso 2,3 and 4 comes with the enhanced LockNutri technology.  Source

Eizac is a fan of Friso milk powder since he started on formula milk. Till now he refused to change to any brands; so we are huge fans of Friso promotions. Open-mouthed smile

Cut the chase, here are the mechanics:

From 1st April to 31st May 2016, customers can redeem a Friso Powered Ride On Car worth $369 when they spend $380 on Friso products* at Friso Online, FairPrice, Cold Storage, Market Place, Giant Sheng Siong, Prime Supermarket, Mustafa, Guardian, Redmart and beautiful.me..

The Friso Powered Ride On Car is suitable for indoor and outdoor play and is available in red and blue.

* Friso products included in this promotion are Frisomum, Friso Gold Cereal, and Friso Gold 2,3, and 4. Not included is infant formula for babies aged 0-6 months.

Customer can redeem the cars immediately with their original receipts and completed entry form at:

Global Opus Solutions Redemption Centre. Address: Blk 265 Serangoon Central Drive, #02-275 Singapore 550265.

Redemption Dates: 7th June to 31st July 2016

Opening hours: Tues – Sat, 11am to 1pm, 2pm to 6pm (Closed on public holidays)

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** This promotion is valid while stocks last. To avoid disappointment, customers should call the Global Opus Redemption Centre at 62821555 to find out status of the stocks before heading down. But we understood that Friso brought in quite a lot of stocks this round! Smile From my personal experience (as I have also redeemed gifts with purchase of Friso products before),  it is advisable to redeem as soon as possible as most promotions are while stocks last.

For more information, please check out Friso Singapore Facebook page.

Additional useful info:

Friso Powered Ride On Car is charged using an adapter. There is a remote controller for the really young ones. It is not suitable on loose dirt, gravel or wet areas that can affect the engine and moving parts.

Go zoom off today with good proteins in your child’s tummy! Smile #StrongerInsideToExperienceMoreTogether !

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Shrek The Musical in Singapore plus a GIVEAWAY of Tickets worth $620!

For the first time in Singapore, we are going to see a grumpy green ogre “live in person”!

Shrek The Musical is coming to town and will be performing at the Marina Bay Sands in the June summer holidays.

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It had been a while since we last saw Shrek on the small and big screens. But he remains a favourite in various adaptions – I last saw Shrek featured in a Dora cartoon that Eizac was watching on the TV!

The famous Shrek originated from a picture book written in 1990 by William Steig as a monstrous ogre who leaves home to see the world and ends up saving a princess. Later on we know that he married the princess who gave birth to little ogre children! The name “Shrek” is derived from the Yiddish and German Shrek meaning “feat’ or “fright” : Source.

Shrek does look a little scary and frightening if you do not “know” him. But I think the storylines made him more funny like scary. Open-mouthed smile

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Well, his famous “Shrek roar” come about only when he is angry, but it became a sort of entertainment to other characters in the show. Talking about roars, if you are planning to watch Shrek The Musical, here’s a way to get a free child ticket!

Just Roar Like Shrek! You can submit a video or a photo of yourselves or your children doing a roar #LikeShrek and upload it onto the official contest page. Once it is approved, you will receive a dedicated booking link with which you will receive a free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket from Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Ticketing.

For inspiration, check out Shrek’s famous roar here.

And more inspirations, check out my sons’ roars here. *I’m too shy to record my own roar. You can ask my sons about it; they hear it almost everyday*

About the production:

“Shrek The Musical is based on the Oscar Winning DreamWorks Animation film. As part of an international tour, it is coming to Singapore for the very first time and will be performing at the MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands from 8th to 19th June 2016. This live adaptation of the popular animation film brings hilarious story of everyone’s favourite ogre to the big stage. In a far away kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey that does not keep quiet, a villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairly take misfits, and you’ve got the of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand and his name is Shrek.”

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Details

Season: 8th to 19th June 2016

Venue: MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands

Performance Times:

Wed to Fri (730pm)

Sat (2pm and 730pm)

Sun (1pm and 6pm)

Ticket Price: start from S$65 (excluding booking fee of S$4 per ticket)

Booking through:

Internet – www.MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing or www.sistic.com.sg

Phone – +65 6688 8826

In Person at – Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby)

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Shrek The Musical is proudly brought to you by BASE Entertainment Asia in partnership with Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd and MasterCard.

Come join us in having a “Shreking” good time in the summer holidays!

Updates! GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to the kind sponsors we have 2 sets of 2 Cat A tickets (total worth $620) for 2 sets of winners to enjoy the production on the opening day, 8th June 2016, 730pm! Each winner will receive 2 Cat A tickets so you can bring a friend/family member along! 

Simply follow the instructions below to enter the random draw:

1) Like both Claude Dambreville and BASE Entertainment Asia Facebook pages.

2) Leave a comment on the Shrek Musical Giveaway Facebook post sharing with us “Who do you want to bring along for Shrek The Musical at Marina Bay Sands and why?”. On the same comment, Tag 2 friends to share with them about Shrek The Musical. Sharing is caring. Smile 🙂

Optional step below to gain more entry points:

3) Follow @evelynneo on Instagram and repost/regram the post on Shrek The Musical Giveaway. Tag 2 friends along the way.

Important Notes:

Giveaway tickets are only valid for 8th June 2016, 730pm show. Please enter if you can make it for this timing. No changes are allowed.

This giveaway ends on 5th May 2016; 2359hrs. Thereafter the winner will be announced on this blog post.

Tickets are not permitted to be resold. Decision of the winners are final. If no reply is received with 3 days of announcing the winner, another winner will be drawn.

Please remember to leave your email address when you leave a comment on Facebook for verification and contact purposes.

All The Best!

 Updates on giveaway (6th June 2016):

Congratulations to Theresa Tay and Priscilla Quek for winning this giveaway – a set of 2 tickets each to Shrek The Musical on the opening night 8th June 2016! See you there!

Thank you everyone for the active participation and look out for more giveaways to come! 🙂

Disclaimer: Thanks to the kind tickets sponsorship, we cannot wait to catch the production. No further compensation is received. All photos are credited to Base Entertainment Asia. Videos of the mighty roars are copyrights of this blog. You may wish to tune down the volume. Smile 

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