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Chris (budgetpantry.com)

Chris is a life-style blogger and she blogs a lot about cooking. Chris lives in Singapore and love to cook.She started her blog in June 2013 when she quits her job in the corporate, banking world (which paid her decent salary) to care full time for her aunts who are (now) 76 and 80. They’ ve never been married and have taken care of her since she was a little girl. She has always been a bit unconventional, and she loves digital media, writing, cooking, and her aunts; and she knew she had to do something for them while she still can.You can earn back the money, but time lost is forever.
So she quits A year on, she is now back to the workforce doing something totally unrelated to banking. She writes for a living and is thankful for the second chance. The money’s not as good as compared to the bank, but she feel like she hasn’t let herself down, and one can’t put a price tag to that. She used to keep to a weekly grocery

bill of $30 for two meals a day Monday to Friday, for 3-4 people. It was hard but surprisingly not impossible, and she loves a challenge! She has put chicken, fish, pork, soup, tofu, vegetables, home versions of hawker food, Chinese and Western style dishes on the table. If she could do it, so can anyone!

When she is not cooking, she explores eating places and go to the supermarket with her better half, check out new kitchen appliances, go vintage treasure hunting and do travel planning for family and friends. She loves researching travel destinations, connections, accommodation and itineraries, and has travelled to many Asian countries, North American states and European cities.

Chris is now a mother and these are some questions that we asked her.

A real sense of relief. Pregnancy to me was very stressful constantly wondering if she’s doing ok inside my tummy. So it was more of a relief instead of joy when she was finally out! Why name your baby Chua Bee Bee?

LOL. It’s her nickname. Her real name is Amber. Because nowadays names are getting more and more unique (and sometimes a little over-the-top), the siblings were thinking of the most “down-to-earth” and old-school name we could give our kids. They jokingly “forced” me to name her Chua Bee Bee and the nickname stuck ever since.

She makes this “ET face” when she is stretching just after a feed or before she wakes up. It’s adorable! And whenever she sees her dad, she will smile and baby talk immediately like she’s having a long conversation. Seeing their interaction makes me really happy!

Oh gosh where do I even start? Breastfeeding for sure. I have problems with my supply and have been struggling since the start. And I thought that breast milk will just come automatically! Apparently it doesn’t happen for everyone, and some mums who have had a successful breastfeeding journey just assume that mums like me who aren’t as successful are just lazy or lack willpower. I have seen lactation consultants and tried various ways to increase supply, including pumping 2-3 hours round the clock, and am now still only able to fulfill half her needs. Only I know how much I have tried, and I will press on as some breast milk is better than none!

I haven’t thought that far ahead yet. I guess now I’m still focusing on making her a happy baby every day no matter how tiring it is. The future will figure itself out ? What is the best part about being a Mom?

Being able to make my baby feel loved, safe and protected in my arms. How would you change your blogging style now?

My life has changed a lot, and so has the way I blog! I am including more posts on baby life, sharing on baby products and experiences and posting daily snippets of my life with Amber now. I still cook, but not as often as I’d like!

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