Saturday, July 14, 2018

A Mother's Dream

For days I have been eyeing the apple and cinnamon muffin my husband bought from the store. I fantasized having it for breakfast with a hot tea but could never find the time to enjoy even 10 minutes of alone time. To have a few minutes alone, having breakfast peacefully without rushing and worrying that the baby will soon cry. That was my biggest short term dream for now. Geez... You know you're an adult when having a quiet morning tea is considered a dream come true.

Well, this morning I finally stumbled upon the opportunity. Hubby was keeping Darla entertained so I thought it's the perfect time to sneak in a few minutes for a peaceful brekky. I went out to the kitchen and boiled water for the matcha green tea. My daughter Demi was already up and watching TV. I told her excitedly that today I will be fulfilling one of my dreams. She just laughed at my usual folly. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The First Month

It's been a month now and I see myself failing... a huge disappointment. I am falling apart and nothing in my life is going right... wait, just kidding hehe. I'm just being ridonculous. My head is cloudy from sleep deprivation so forgive me. But besides that, I have never been actually happier. My baby turns one month today! Yey!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunday Sound Trip: Welcome to the Family

Last night out of nowhere, this song suddenly crossed my mind which was funny because I haven't heard this song in many many years. We used to sing this song in Primary School so it has been almost 30 years... that made me feel really old hehe.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Sound Trip: Rainbow

This Sunday's sound tripping is of Demi's version of Rainbow by Sia. This was recorded the same night that Daisy sang A Million Dreams with the same half hearted deportment because mommy was invading "me" time hehe. 

These are the songs that I only learned about from my girls. I love Sia, but even before I found out this was her song, I already loved it. Rainbow was used in one of the episodes from My Little Pony wherein they made a pony version of Sia herself. My girls knew the details better hehe.

Friday, May 18, 2018

OC For Mufti Day

Gone are the days when I and my husband decide what the girls wear. For years we have always bought then twin clothes and people assumed they were twins. It was convenient buying same clothes in pairs because Daisy was always upredictable back then. She'd want what her Ate wears. Twin clothes had saved us from countless sibling bickerings.

Now that they're growing up, each girl is gradually taking her own preference. Daisy is more into chic dresses and skirts while Demi prefers the casual sporty look.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Look Back At Our Summer 2017-2018

The days are getting shorter and the temperature is getting colder. It's that time of the year again. Winter is definitely just around the corner. 

Autumn had been a bit low-key this year. Most days it felt like it was just an extension of those cool summer days. Other days it actually felt as if it was still summer. That's how I felt anyway. I often felt warmer than my usual autumn feels but it might be because I was pregnant. 

Summer had been a good one. We were able to take the kids to a number of beach spots this time around. Soon as summer hit from the start of December 2017 up until school holidays ended we tried to go whenever there was chance. This was to compensate for last year's summer vacation. We rarely had the chance to take the kids somewhere because of my busy schedule. By the time I took them to Umina Beach in May, it was already too cold. And of course, we're not so sure if we'll get the chance to travel often again after the baby's arrival so I wanted the kids to have as much fun and happy memories now.

Here's a few of the finest beaches in NSW.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday Sound Trip: Ever The Same by Rob Thomas

Before I post my chosen song for Sunday sound trip, let me just share something beautiful that occurred today.

It's a wonderful Sunday morning showered with love by dear friends Lea and Misty. So sorry I forgot to take photos of us while we shared stories over a quick brekky.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

My Go-To Skin Care

For almost 6 months now, I have been using this facial wash that was the answer to my long outstanding problem with my dry skin. It's Artistry's Hydra-V Fresh Foaming Cleanser. This clear gel cleanser feels soft and cool when I use it and it has worked wonders in hydrating my very dry skin.

Artistry Hydra-V Facial Foaming Cleanser

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Book Review: Bridge to Terabithia


'We need a place,' Leslie called to him, '...just for us.'

It was Leslie who invented Terabithia, a secret kingdom on an island across the creek. Here Jess is strong and unafraid. So when something terrible happens, Jess finds he is able to cope better than he could ever have imagined.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday Sound Trip: A Million Dreams

I first heard this song from my daugter, Daisy. It is a very nice uplifting song with great lyrics suitable for blooming minds and hearts of today's young generation. One night, I disturbed the girls on one of their "me time" so I could record her singing this. This my daughter Daisy's rendition of the song. It was almost perfect, despite the fact that she was singing half-heartedly. That, plus she forgot to sing the very last line and the cheeky "happy?" at the end hehehe...
Please welcome, Daisy Jenn! :)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Our Wedding Anniversary Gift From The Heavens

Born on the midnight of 29th April, our Wedding Anniversary date, I hereby introduce the precious gift given to us, the newest addition to the family, the girls' pet sister, daddy's 3rd princess, our darling Darla Jenn!

The King and his Princesses ❤❤❤

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Happy Anniversary My Dear!

MAY 5, 2005 (05.05.05)

How can I not remember? This was the day when our paths first crossed. This was the beginning of the journey of our lives together. And I will never get tired of walking down memory lane with you and reminisce the treasures we have kept inside our Time Capsule.

Ours was an unconventional Love Story from the start. From worlds apart, we first met each other on Friendster. Who would have fathomed that your simple one-liner question, "How was the National Youth Convention?" would blossom into forever? Who would have guessed that years later we'll both find out that I was the "Sassy Girl" you had been looking for?

Thursday, April 26, 2018

My Kids Are Growing Up

'Sisters share childhood memories and grown up dreams...' 
Several weeks ago, after running a few errands that took us more than half of the day, Dear and I took the girls to IKEA at Marsden Park at Daisy's request. Whenever we go there, the kids would stay at the playroom while Dear and I would browse the store for an hour before we pick them up again.

We had just finished buying Daddy's stuff from Bunnings, which took a bit long so the girls started annoying each other. I eagerly went to IKEA's front desk to sign them in and hopefully lighten up their moods. The lady asked me what their ages were: Demi is 10 and Daisy is 8. Then the lady said they only allow kids 9 and below to play inside so Demi can't go in anymore. I wanted to take back what I said but I had been estopped. I was upset. My girls never separated before! To add insult to injury, the lady was smiling haughtily while she waited for me to answer. Grrrr... I asked Daisy if she still wanted to go in without her 'ate' but she was decided to play so I signed her in.

Monday, April 23, 2018

We Are Not Your Cup Of Tea, And That's Fine

I don't speak much, I don't show emotions. It doesn't mean that I don't see, it doesn't mean that I don't feel. 

Side comments hurled at me so insensitively were casually shrugged off for I hate confrontations. But my silence doesn't mean I agree, it doesn't mean my acknowledgement. I just keep my mouth shut because I have learned that winning doesn't always mean defending yourself or making your point across. But callous words can cut too. There had been many times that these hurtful words made me weep, inside... quietly. If the goal was to break me, there, I have let the truth out. Your words were passageway to what your heart deeply contains. And that is how I know that we are not your cup of tea. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Sound Trip: In My Dreams

Some people may say I'm an old soul because of my preference in music. But then again, a lot of people, mostly those my age and older, would say that the music of the past were better and everlasting.

I am not really sure about this because in my opinion, we like the music of the past because of the memories we associate with it. Maybe someday, the younger generation would tell their children the same thing because the music they hear now is associated with good childhood memories.

However, the flavour of this week, a song older than me, is not in any way associated with my childhood. I did hear it a lot as a young girl but I was too young to have had any recall whatsoever of the happenings around me back then.

This song I would classify as classic to my taste. It's mellow, original, unique... the musical arrangement to me is very remarkable especially the bass. So smooth!

Anyway, for old souls like me, I hope you enjoy this song!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Beautiful Changes and Unexpected Blessings

During the past few months, my life has been swamped by a lot of changes and blessings. To start with, it's been almost a year now since I have finally removed myself from the negative environment I had dwelled in for a long time. It had not only affected my emotional state but also the family's overall mood in general. I had always been stressed out and exhausted that there was rarely quality time with my loved. ones. Finally freeing myself had brought wonderful consequences, like a domino effect. It paid off immediately as I received commendations at work. :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Bad Day Turned Around

My day started okay this morning but certain circumstances kind of rained on my parade. Pressures and frustrations that I'd rather keep mum about made me cranky and exhausted. Not even a power nap helped turn my mood around. My unlucky husband suffered a great deal from my crankiness but he didn't flinch a bit. Hint: he's partly the source of frustration hehehe.

In the afternoon, I had an appointment for ultrasound. It was a very quick one just to check baby's size and all. Before we left we were given a photo of Darla Jenn and it made all the difference. Instantly, I was happy and I and my husband we're cheerfully joking whose features were prominent. Now I am even more excited to see her!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday Sound Trip: If You're Not The One

If you're not the one then why does my soul feel glad today?
If you're not the one then why does my hand fit yours this way?
If you are not mine then why does your heart return my call?
If you are not mine would I have the strength to stand at all?

I never know what the future brings
But I know you're here with me now
We'll make it through
And I hope you are the one I share my life with

Monday, April 9, 2018

Hotel Review: Wyndham Ramada Shoal Bay Resort

Photo from Wyndham Hotels website
Before I begin with the actual review of Ramada Shoal Bay Resort, just a not-so-brief intro:

Beginning of April marked the start of my official housewife life being on maternity leave. I spent the first week catching up with the tasks of clearing up the mess that had accumulated in the house - piles of clothes for folding, greasy stove, messy tall boys. It kept me busy which was good and satisfying at the same time because the house is starting to look and feel more cosy now. Just in time for the baby's arrival. 

One morning while I was taking my coffee break, I got a call from Wyndham Hotels offering us a promo at Ramada Shoal Bay. The offer sounded great. $189, 2 nights for One-Bedroom Deluxe Waterview which could accommodate 2 adults and 2 children aged under 12 was cheap enough. But the greatest deal was that we'd get a $100 Coles/Myer card or $100 worth of voucher we could use for consumables in the hotel. So effectively, we will only be paying $89. We just needed to attend a 90-minute presentation at the location while the kids are minded by their staff at a creche. There were no obligations required either. What luck! I've been wanting to take the kids out before the baby comes as an early wedding anniversary celebration for the family.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Perfume Review: Givenchy Live Irresistible EDP

First and foremost, I am not a perfume expert. In fact, before Givenchy Live Irresistible, I would go with any scent or no scent at all. My friend at work, Merci, used to tease me that she could tell what food we cooked for breakfast because she could smell it from my clothes hahaha. So embarassing. So on the Xmas of 2016, she gave me a Guess Girl Belle perfume (should I also make a review?). Come to think of it, all the scents I have used before were gifts from friends actually.

How I met Live Irresistible was quite a story in itself. I was after Armani Diamonds for my husband when this lovely sales lady gave me some samples of other perfumes one of them a cute pink one (read story here). I can still remember, the first spritz of the sample pink one was love at first smell. I didn't expect it. It was the scent I have been searching for in a long time. It was sweet but playful both. Not too strong or overpowering or sophisticated. I read the leaflet with more interest!

The motto: Life is a playground.

The perfume: A new floral delicacy as sassy as it is sweet.

The mood: Happy & Irresistible!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

How I Spent the Easter Holiday

I am so thankful for this long weekend holiday as we have finally found time to catch up with house chores. Indeed, all 4 of us had spent the 1st day of the long weekend busy cleaning up and organising the house - the girls' bedroom in particular. That's right! The girls officially have their own bedroom now. Daddy did all the heavy work so thanks to him. The result? The girls were very happy with this granted freedom. In return, they also have to clean up their own bedroom each weekend dusting, tidying up including folding their clothes. So I'll just chuck their clothes in the bedroom and let the girls handle them from now on. This milestone is a win-win for sure! :) not to mention, I might just hang around in their bedroom on days they're in school. It's all cosy and it makes me think I am a young girl again :)

Happy cheeky girls. Wait til their first errands start haha.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Baby Showers and Farewell at Work

The last 3 weeks at work I thought I would just slip quietly, like I always want to do. I decided to just finish up to March instead of working up to 2nd or 3rd week of April. I later on realised that this was rather very ambitious considering that I find it very difficult to walk now and my fish brain could hardly concentrate. So I concentrated my efforts to work up to the last day.

It feels as if I didn't contribute much to my new team. I just transferred officially during the last week of December. Fortunately, I was able to finish all of my cases before I left except for the new ones given to me. The last day was busiest, issuing assessments, turning over files, informing clients and keeping my desk tidy before I go. It was both a sad and exciting day for me. I'm gonna miss a lot of people and in one year's time I don't know what changes are going to happen. Yet I am excited too because I could now concentrate on my family.

Slipping quietly was not a success but I am not complaining. It was just that my friends at work were very thoughtful and insisted on lunch outs, gifts, baby showers and farewells. I am eternally thankful to everyone who had been very nice to me. Unexpected friends who were very thoughtful when I am not even deserving. It was all so heartwarming to receive gifts, well wishes, goodbye hugs and sincere concern to keep in touch. You have all made my last days at work not only bearable but even memorable so thank you and may God bless you in return.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

International Women’s Day 2018

Photo: Revenue NSW
Last 8th of March 2018 was my very first time to attend the International Women’s Day event held in my office. Apparently, they have it every year, I just didn’t pay attention to the invitations sent the past years. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme was #Pressforprogress.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday Sound Trip: See You Again

Lately, KZ Tandingan has been making a name internationally from when she performed Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" in Singer 2018 and owned it. It didn't even look like she was competing but rather performing in her very own concert. Her voice, her moves, and when she rapped, oh my gosh it was swag! While I was watching her peform, I was possessed by her stage presence. Just like the rest of the audience I guess, who were fun to watch as well because their reactions were just indescribable hahaha. To watch and see the "halimaw on stage" performance, click here.