509.

photo6309624635536287784509. A day that we Malaysians will remember deeply in our hearts.
509. A day where we see the unsung heroes living amongst us, near or far.
509. A day we united as one.
509. A day where we have come a long long way.
509. A day I see so many unwavering faiths of Malaysians striving towards one goal.
509. A day I learn that its never too late to right the wrongs from the past.
509. A day we truly learn the meaning of HARAPAN – HOPE – 希望
509. A day that we tell our children that we voted, for all the sane reasons, that we were hopeful.

In God we trust, in Him we surrender. Please be with us today.

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Reading, lately.

Hello February…
It felt like January just whiz by, time is ticking way faster than seconds. There’s always so much to do, so much to complete, so much to tick off the list. My resolution to live a slower 2018 seems far fetch, but its ok, I know I will get there…

Last year I finished reading ‘When Breath becomes Air’, ‘Bringing up Bebe’ and ‘Simple Matters’. All three are of 3 very different genre and I enjoyed all of them very much.

When Breath becomes Air
Two words: Hauntingly beautiful. As I flip through the pages, it pains me to know that the author, a remarkable surgeon, gifted writer, loving father and devoted husband has departed. It was an honour to read this memoir. Every sentence, every words is filled with courage, strength, resilience and love when he’s come face to face with death itself. The epilogue by Lucy made me choke and tear (who wouldn’t?). So much life juxtaposition (life/death, doctor/patient, faith/fate) that made you question what matters most at the end of the day?

Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
This books pretty sums up the way Asian parent bringing up their kids, except that it’s a lot milder for the French. I love the brutal honest insights and opinions of the author starting from pregnancy, childbirth, toddler-hood. I love how the book is written with humorous anecdote, lively commentary and well researched content.

I love how Druckerman concludes the first chapter of the book “There are dozens of books offering Americans helpful theories on how to parent differently. I haven’t got a theory…. I’m starting with the outcome and working backward to figure out how the French got there. It turns out that to be a different kind of parent, you don’t just need a different parenting philosophy. You need a very different view of what a child actually is.”

I’m still working my way to parent differently even for my own 2 kids, so I’ll definitely revisit this book in time to come.

Simple Matters by Erin Boyle
Having being an avid reader of Reading my tea leaves, I knew about the book that she wrote. I hesitate for awhile as I thought that, being her blog follower I would probably have read most of the contents. In my quest towards living minimally and cultivate simpler lifestyle, this books resonates so well in how I want to approach life on day-to-day basis.

Current read: Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
Next bucket list: The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs & Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson.

 

 

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. 

Dose of Happiness.

IMG_20171212_134930_193Yesterday was Selangor’s PH, so hubbs brought along our eldest to drop me off at work. As usual, the little one get super excited as soon as he steps into my office, (he have a thing of going to mommy’s and dada’s work place). The whole 3o minutes he was there, he can’t stop babbling and asking questions to fellow gor gor, ceh ceh and uncles (my colleagues).

Things he does include:

  • Walking up and down the staircase
  • Swing his feet by the mezzanine floor
  • Looking at the finishes in the studio
  • Got uncle Keith to draw him a Darth Vader and a Batman
  • Asking for food and drinks.
  • Exploring the gigantic plotter printer

It’s so good to have a good dose of happiness before I start my day at work!

An evening spent on the grass

IMG_20170814_092509_749IMG_20170814_092613_646IMG_20170814_093343_590IMG_20170814_093456_435This happens couple weekends ago where all 3 of us enjoyed the garden below our condo all by ourselves. It was quiet, except it was filled with giggling and yapping sound from my 5 year old; while my one year old explore grass for the very first time…

The last pic had me weeping with gratitude and joy.

 

Juhann’s Canvas.

Over the weekend, we’ve decided to document some interesting art pieces produced by our eldest… Everyday, he never fail to amaze me with his creativity & wild imagination: My hair clip is a “crocodile with a big mouth trying to eat my hair’; Put 2 tiny buckets filled with water and voila, it’s a ‘rotating cement mixer’, a little towel clipped on the back of his shirt is a makeshift cape (as he pretends to be Darth Vader’)… I know in time, his imagination will wear out, as he slowly grow up to be a man, therefore I’m keeping this precious moments here in this blog and here. Do visit!

Happy Father’s Day.

To our favourite play-mate, awesome Lego builder, human seesaws (JLB knows what that means), chauffeur/transporter, the (occasional) sitter, bedtime singer, outdoor explorer, the ‘抱抱’ provider, professional toy fixer and ‘the one who knows everything’ (according to JWB), and not forgetting the one person who always taught us to always put Mommy first in everything that we do, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! Thank you for being our Superhero Dada!

Love you Always JWB & JLB.

Life Goal at 30.

IMG_20170428_143252_818As I enter year 2017, I made a little resolution that I promise to achieve before I turn 30. I didn’t wrote it down (like the years before), simply because I’m not sure I can achieve it. Call me timid but life has been twice the insanity since our offspring doubled. Haha… Since I turned 30 last week and I had manage to achieve most of these little personal goals, I thought I’d write it down here…

Go to Gym at least 3 times a week.
At first, waking up at 6:15am seems to be so darn hard, but as the days goes by, I think the body has found its way to adjust its biological clock, and soon, I find myself wakes up at 5:45am sometimes to hit the gym. The main reason I went to the gym was to keep myself healthy, and after 4 months without knowing it, I realized my back pain has gone (I had this pain when I first deliver baby JN last year), and to my surprise I manage to fit into all my pre-pregnancy jeans and pants! I felt immense joy, really.

Sleep train baby JN.
If you’ve ready my previous post, I have mentioned that hubbs and I did not rush into it as she’d most probably be our last baby. She pass this process with flying colours! Since then, we don’t need to worry about putting her to sleep at all or even who’s putting her to sleep when both hubbs and I were away to Ho Chi Minh city.

Night training JH.
We started night training JH early this year and it turns out to be quite manageable. I won’t deny the first few weeks were hard, hubbs and I took turn to wake him up to pee, and sometimes we overslept and he’d just wet his bed (at one time he even pooped!). But as times goes by, we manage to predict and control his pee time – 12/1am before the hubbs goes to sleep and 5/6am when I wake up to go to the gym. We had this good rhythm for awhile and last week, my little boy woke up, went in my room and told me that he had to pee at 4am in the morning. Since then, he would magically wakes up and tell us he has to pee. I’ve also realized that he is able to hold it longer and only pee when he wakes up around 7/8am in the morning. Needless to say, I am so so proud of him!

Reduce: Waste & Plastics.
I’ve been following several bloggers and articles on their journey to ReduceWaste, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Life without Plastics’. Turns out there are a lot of ways we can make a difference in safeguarding Mother Earth. I start to be conscious when I went grocery shopping, keeping in mind to stay away from produce that incur lots of plastic packaging. I’m not all out to turn my life upside down achieve ‘ZeroWaste’, but I know I can make a difference and I should cultivate the same value to my kids, because Everyone needs to engage their little personal commitment to live a little lighter on our planet.

Minimize and Simplify.
For the longest time, hubbs and I always have a soft spot for small home. Even when we can afford it, we just never really crave for a big house. Now raising our kids from 750 sqf apartment to our current one of 1050 sqf, we have since started our minimalist adventure and through minimizing and simplifying, we’re slowly transforming our home into a cocoon that are nurturing, comforting and calming for our little growing family. We are not 100% there yet but I hope we’re close. Having a space that are not cluttered with unnecessary junk and materials provide us the space that enable us to transform ordinary moments to precious memories. It is at this age that I truly realize the meaning of Less is indeed ‘More’ and Simple is indeed ‘Ethereal’.

{Her milk, his milk, our coffee on a typical Saturday morning.}