It is 2016 But Working Mothers Still Face Discrimination At Work

When I became a mother, I was fortunate enough to be able to take a break off work for two years to look after my then toddler. I certainly did not foresee the challenges that came along with being a working mother after returning to the work force following that short break.


On an economical level, women are encouraged to return to work after having children. There have been committees and groups which were set up to help women remain in the workforce, facilitate non-working women to enter or return to the workforce. Flexi-work arrangements and telecommuting are just some suggestions rolled out by the government so that women could continue staying active in the workforce while at the same time care for their children.

Working mothers of today are often struggling to find that perfect balance. They face immerse pressure to perform well both at the workplace and home. We are supposed to be the modern career woman who contributes to the economy while helping our husbands’ shoulder part of the financial burden. At the same time, we are also expected to be the nurturing mother who raises her children well, while simultaneously managing other matters of the household. What happens if you choose to be on either side of the fence? Continue reading

Life As A Working Mom


As a working mom of an active 10 month old, I don’t reallyhave much time to myself. In the day, I’m busy at my full time job. And once I am off work, I try to spend as much time as I can with my little one before he goes to bed. Being a boy, he can be quite a handful. We play together after my dinner and sometimes, if he is in the mood for some reading. We would cuddle together in his play yard and read his favourite board books. Then before you know it, it’s almost close to midnight. I usually just have enough time to shower and pack some orders for my online shop before hitting the sack. What a day, right?

minionsgymSo it’s really no surprise that I don’t have the time or energy to head down to the gym for a workout. And I’m too easily tempted by good food to even start dieting. This isn’t going too well for me since I have put on additional weight during pregnancy and it stayed with me even after I had given birth. At this rate, I’ll probably end up looking like….


Gloria the Hippo from the movie Madagascar, especially now with my wider hips and thighs. I don’t think I can even wear jeans with confidence like before. And yet, I stay clear off slimming pills because I don’t really think this is a safe method to lose weight.

I am looking for alternative slimming methods which are more natural and healthy. That’s when I stumbled upon an article on Traditional Chinese Medicine and slimming. And no, I’m not referring to slimming through acupuncture because I don’t really fancy having needles all over me in the name of beauty.


But I won’t mind trying out some other TCM methods which do not require needles or the need to diet. Who would have thought, right? TCM does not just cure ailments but to also lose weight.

According to this Yahoo article, TCM is all about the Qi.

In the view of TCM, weight regulation is not primarily about calorie intake and expenditure. It’s about fortifying, channeling, and sustaining qi. Fortifying qi raises your metabolism, and provides you with an invigorating feeling of well-being.

If the qi in the digestive system is strong, your body will be able to optimally transform the food you eat into energy you can use. Two of the factors that weaken qi are excessive stress and inadequate sleep. Prolonged stress and sleep deprivation raise levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes the body to store, rather than burn, fat. “

Yes, stress and sleep deprivation sounds like me! I would love to try some TCM to fortify my Qi and gain my previous body shape.

Juggling Work, Baby, Dog & Blog

In a blink of an eye, baby Asher is 17 weeks and counting. It also has been a few weeks since I’m back at work too. Now, it’s so difficult to even find some time to blog, much less have some ME time. I’m still struggling to adapt to this new lifestyle. In fact, it can be quite a dreadful routine sometimes. It’s wake up, go work, return home, read/play to baby, play with Mocha then rest and the cycle repeats itself.

I guess the only part I look forward most is reading to him.

Because he enjoys the stories and I’m probably a kiasu Mommy. But I really hope that he would be able to experience the joy of reading.  Ever since I had him, I’ve been purchasing many books. He’s a proud owner of 30 over books and counting. It seems like 90% of my purchases now are all for dear baby. I no longer shop for myself but find myself getting excited whenever there’s new of a baby fair in town.

Anyway, updates on Mocha… he is doing fine now. But really mischievous, I’m not sure if he is starting to get envious of baby. However, he has been peeing everywhere on purpose and I know that’s a call for attention. It happened after I returned work, maybe he doesn’t like it that I have to leave for work. But what’s a furparent got to do but to bring in the dough to pay for his kibbles, right?

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