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.