Kids.

20180126_070015This was how my eldest’s breakfast look like before he drop it flat on the floor. While I was busy preparing breakfast for hubbs and myself, I expect my boy to finish up his and get dressed to his school uniform. However I was greeted with a ‘twack!’. I turned around, there my 6 yearold with his spoon up, and that piece of omelette on the floor. Furious, I went over pick up the omelette and put it back on his plate and say: ‘I swear to God JH if you dont finish it in 5 minutes time, I’m gonna take your food away’. With that he hurridly chomp down the food and said: “Mommy I finish!” Sigh, kids. Why do they act like that?

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To a slower 2018.

IMG_20180107_073755_838Taking a few steps back, live a little slower.
Looking back the past year, I felt that a lot of my energy was poured on social media and online reading. Somehow, the more I read/watch, the more drawn I was to read/watch, afraid of missing any news feed/article. As I grew older, time are so precious to me that I want to focus on things that are important: my family, my health, my work, my mini goals to be better. I will venture into making food (& coffee) more, read a little more and just basically go a little slower whenever I’m not working.

Taking baby steps on sustainability.
Instead of focusing on ‘zero waste’, I would like to start by ‘reducing waste’. It’s rather challenging for working mom like me to discard all food that comes with packaging (whether it’s bio or non biodegradable materials). Instead I’ve decided to take baby steps, consuming less, conscious buying and generally remind myself to reduce carbon footprint wherever possible. As small as it is,  we’ll make gradual shift in our in our habits to safeguard the planet we call home. Some tips here if you’re striving towards reducing waste like me.

Taking on slow parenting.
Slow parenting cherishes quality over quantity, being in the moment, and making meaningful connection with your family,” an excerpt about slow parenting in this article. I loved the idea about simply watching your children. I’ve been showering both JH & JN together during the weekends, it started all because I wanted to cut short the time, but they ended up giggling and having so much fun scrubbing down each other, playing with water, buckets and empty shampoo bottles. Its these moments that I take my time to just look at them, to soak up all their innocence and goofiness that it breaks my heart from overflowing sweetness. Those precious moments made me feel like the luckiest person be their mommy.

There, these are my 3 little resolution towards a slower (hopefully better) 2018. What’s yours?

 

 

 

 

If the kettle could talk…

Screenshot_20171231-151530If the kettle could talk…It will tell you how it has witness the family expanded from married couple into family of four.

If the kettle could talk… It will tell you how he saw the married couple shed tears of frustration when they’re all alone due to work stress and the adversity they encounter.

If the kettle could talk… It will tell you the courage the married couple embraced to make a career change in their lives.

If the kettle could talk… It will tell you that it has travelled to 3 different homes, where it has withstand a broken lid and a damaged light, yet still provide impeccable service.

If the kettle could talk, it will tell you the latenight oils that the couple burn to complete assignments, study for exams, rushing for work deadlines and presentation.

If the kettle could talk… It will tell you that the married couple had exchange countless morning kisses and had long chat about love, life and the future while making coffee/breakfast over the counter.

If the kettle could talk… It will tell you the many banters and arguments between the married couple, and how they always make up with a warm cup of tea, as they vowed to never go to bed angry and leaving matters unresolved.

If the kettle could talk… It will tell you how worried the grief stricken parents whenever their children fall sick, the countless sleepless night where they rely on coffee to stay awake.

If the kettle could talk… It will give you an advice: Most times, the worst thing in life will boiled over; that everything will cool down when it reach to a boiling point. Live life, let go and move on, because, life is too short to hold grudges  & bereavement. 

Adious my faithful servant, thank you for your loyal service throughout the years. I still remember how excited we were when we decided to bought you 5 years ago at Harvey Norman’s store, and because you were pricey, we make you as a birthday gift to Johan. You have contribute to our lives more than you think, for that we’re grateful.