Mommy, can you sleep with me?

IMG_20170327_220240_047Lately, my eldest will utter these words when I put him to bed. It used to be hubbs who would put him to bed, where after the usual night routine (brush teeth, pee, had scott, emulsion & vitamins, wear his socks, say his prayers), he will sing a song of JH’s choice. Among JH’s favourite songs are:

  1. Summer of 69
  2. Dream
  3. Only You
  4. Can’t Help Falling In Love (He called this ‘Wise Man’ song. LOL)
  5. Eternal Flame
  6. Wonderful World
  7. Eelderwisse
  8. Moon River
  9. Sunshine

But hubbs had been working late for awhile now, so most of the days I gotta put that cheeky monkey to bed. I don’t know how it happen but I must have slept on his bed with him  a couple of times, and somehow it just because something that he’s attached to, even if its for 5 minutes. It just so happened that around this time, we’ve established Junna’s sleeping habit, so we can just put her in her crib (after her last feed around 9pm), and she’ll go to sleep on her own, and bless me some time to spend with his gorgor before the day ends.

It may seem like a very little gesture but I know it means the world to him whenever I spend a few minutes with him on bed before sleep. He will choose the sides he’d like to sleep on, ask me to hug him tighter, share the blacket with me, tell me what he wants for his bento breakkie etc…I don’t know when I start to appreciate this precious little time with him, but it just overwhelms me whenever I think about how fast he’s growing up and one day, he wouldn’t want me to sleep on his bed anymore.

So for now, my dear baby Ju, I will sleep with you for as long as you want me to.

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Most Productive Weekend.

Saturday
6:15am – woke up, and went for a mini hike/walk around our area with hubbs.
8am – breakkie at a new found place where they have nasi lemak to-die-for.
8:30am – Meet up contractor to view my friend’s new pad for renovation.
9:30am – send Ju-Hann for Eye-Level class.
9:40pm – proceed to look for Pos Malaysia nearby to post some stuff for our nieces & nephews.
11:00am – had pan mee (comfort food) near Ju-Hann’s Eye-Level class.
11:25pm – fetch Ju-Hann from EyeLevel class and send him to Art Class.
11:45pm – Arrived home, meet another contractor for the same house.
12:30pm – fed Junna porridge, shower.
1pm – Hubbs went to fetch Ju-Hann ffrom Art Class.
1:30pm – Bathe JH, had lunch while watching ‘Planes 2’ together (was amazed with the stroryline.
3:pm – put both kids to sleep
3:30pm – went back to the office to work.
8pm – Arrived home, had dinner

Sunday
4:30am – woke up & get ready for our journey back to IPOH for Ching Ming, we had McD, yummy hawker food, did our prayers and came home by 12:30pm.
For the rest of the day, we just stayed home, did some homework with JH, tidy up the house, and eventually sent my mom to the airport before ending the night.

My ‘Pho-land’ Experience.

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  • The food is AWESOME!!! Love every single meal that we have in HCMC.
  • There are motorbikes everywhere…
  • …which leads to a lot of honking.
  • Was a little overwhelm as I travel along the streets of Saigon, it reminded me of the scenes from ‘Heaven and Earth’ and made me realize how strong and resilience the Vietnamese are.
  • Buildings rental are base on the width of the space, no wonder most of shop lots are slim and narrow.
  • No visible drain can be seen, as it adopted the French underground sewerage and drainage system during the French Colony in the 1945… {After reading some articles, I realized that HCMC and Hanoi actually experiencing serious flash floods}
  • Chunky electrical and telecom wires which locals refer to as “spider web” can be seen everywhere in front of shop houses, residence and buildings.

 

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Design Lessons.

I haven’t written anything lately because I’ve been super duper busy with work, it’s crazy! Currently I’m working on 2 big project (probably the biggest 2 in my life) and the amount of drawings, 3d renderings, design research, detailing is insane! Not to mention I’d also have to oversee the costing, scheduling and the PM side of it. That said, I’m not complaining, it’s good experience and it’s good portfolio. I just need to work harder.

As much as I lament about my work sometimes, I feel blessed to be able to work in my present company. We have a great team of people, conducive environment, location that are real close to home. Work wise, yes, its challenging, it’s tough but that’s what keeps you going, what made you better. I had decide to note down the greatest lessons that I attained in my short period of 21 months working in this firm:

The Power of Visual Impact
One thing that my boss taught me good is that visual is everything, especially when your clientele consists of royalty and billionaires. There had been many instances we redo and redo the presentation slides just because we can’t get the whole look and feel right… it is true when they say, ‘picture speaks a thousand words.’

Design First
Where I was trained previously, cost and time comes first, cost especially. In this firm, it was Aesthetic, always. I was taught to put design first and everything else will have to work around it. I was so confused at first, but now I learn to accept that its only when ‘Design First’, you are able to create design breakthrough, kinda like the philosophy behind Apple, if you know what I mean.

Design and Change
I guess every designers regardless of any industry will experience the amount of changes involved before we see the end product, whether it’s coming from the client, the boss, the contractor or supplier. However, the changes on this project that I work on is particularly appalling. The design of the space has evolved radically since it was first drawn and up till now even during construction. I took a course in my MA last time called Change Management. And the first line in the textbook was: If there’s anything that’s constant is Change. So true. As much it’s against every cell of the regimented and habitual personality that I am, I’m starting to grasp and accept that change is inevitable, and it is only through change, we are able to progress and advance.

Design is about the Story
I have met amazing people when i started working here and there is one particular gentleman that touches my heart whenever we have a conversation. He was our supplier who been assisting us with the sourcing and purchasing of all the luxurious and regal influenced furniture from Italy, Germany as well as across Europe. He once said that design is always about the story, how it connect and touches with the people, the key to a successful presentation is not how great your design, but how it really touches their heart, kinda just like  Ratatouille