When we are in our comfort zone, that is when we also become complacent and too comfortable. But that is also when our growth and development slows down and we don’t feel the need to strive and learn more or improve in our performance or knowledge.
Putting ourselves to the test or giving ourselves a challenge to overcome can very often allow us to discover something about ourselves that we’d otherwise never reveal if there wasn’t a need to breakthrough a situation or find a solution to something.
I thoroughly enjoy looking at things from different perspectives and appreciate the topsy turvy situations when they arise because I’m pretty darn sure that I’ll learn something along the way that I don’t know yet. With a two years old who has been down with a cold for two days, two older kids who are taking their common tests and a 6 year old who needs a lot of attention, I do feel a little off balance especially when it’s a a packed week from morning till night for me with teaching, prep work for talks, meetings, and admin.
Today I had a conversation with my oldest daughter who will be sitting for the PSLE this year. Although I’ve always encouraged all my kiddos to be diligent, disciplined and to work smart….. they often still face certain problems that textbooks and teachers cannot help them with. And what I shared with her about was that we’ll all face difficulties and problems at many junctures of our lives, but we need to figure out how to best deal with it and garner the support from the right sources when needed. There are skills and values that aren’t taught in school but right at home, and when we’re home with the kids, just being next to them isn’t enough.
I do try my utmost best as a working parent for my babies and I do feel that I have to put in even more time and effort while their father is overseas. But knowing that they appreciate what you share with them about and the advice that you give them like I did this afternoon, it encourages me to continue giving my best.
Some days can get so crazy when I’m juggling between work, teaching, meetings, managing the household and meeting the needs of my four babies and a dog. It literally can get quite hair-raising sometimes but whenever I think about the kids, all that craziness just disperses.
No matter how busy I am during the weekdays I’d always make it a point to see the kids during the pockets of time that I have after they’re back from school and extra curricular activities. This means quite a fair bit of shuttling in my mommy-mobile and being on the road. And I’ve lost count how many times I just wished that we could teleport.
This morning as I was driving to work, I saw yet another accident on the road and as the ambulance and tow truck drove past me towards the accident site, I just couldn’t help but wonder who was involved in that accident and if those involved have little kids waiting for them back home.
I take good care of my wellbeing so that I can be there for my kiddos. But oh how I wish we didn’t have to risk our safety and waste time on commuting. So to all fellow working parents out there…. stay safe on the roads so we can continue to be here for our little ones.
I always look forward to the weekend mornings because I get to workout with the cutest little distractions ever. Having kids has never made it such that I have no time to get my training done. In fact, they make it way more entertaining sometimes ❤️
It is true that with children and having to work I don’t have very much ME time left. But when I do make the time to work out no matter how short the session may be, it always helps me feel more energized and infused with those happy hormones.
So to fellow moms, I know it always sounds daunting at first. But with a little time management and creativity, it’s always possible to spend a few minutes a few times each day to fit in some exercise and it’s more than just doing something for ourselves. We’re setting an example for the little ones too.
Each time we celebrate the Chinese New Year, I’m always reminded of how important it is to regularly meet up with our family and relatives. That kampong spirit and sense of belonging never fails to fill my heart with a warm fuzzy feeling each time we go visiting and take turns gathering at one another’s homes.
We put in effort to prepare meals and snacks for our visiting relatives and make sure everyone is comfortable and take pride in sprucing up our homes to welcome our guests. I actually think it’s such a great thing to do at least once a year to declutter and maybe change things around in our living space.
CNY is also that time of the year when we get to wear our traditional cheongsam and follow certain traditional activities. It’s always such a joy being able to share about our culture and tradition not just with our little ones, but our friends from other cultures as well.
And one of my favorite things about celebrating CNY apart from the fact that we get to spend more time with family and friends whom we don’t see very often is the FOOD! I lost count how many tubs of pineapple tarts I’ve eaten and platters of Yu Sheng that we’ve consumed. And despite knowing the nutritional content in these less than healthy morsels…. I can’t help but savor and appreciate these tasty morsels that I only get to enjoy once a year.
So all the more I have to make sure that the kids and I stay healthy and fit at this time of the year when we actually eat more, sit more and sleep less.
Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Stay healthy and well and may the lunar new year ahead be one filled with peace, joy and great experiences for all.
After working for over 2 weeks in a row without a day off, I’m really looking forward to just recovering over this long weekend. .
And these Impact Tights from C3fit are just perfect for helping me recover quickly and improving the quality of rest. Of course having a little cherub planting kisses on me throughout the day helps immensely too ☺️❤️.
Even though these compression tights provide the firmest level of support in the series of C3fit tights, the 3D design and 4-way stretch dry mesh material still allows for optimal leg movement and breath ability. .
Check out the range of C3fit recovery gear available at @triplefit.sg and soon to be available at @trium.fitness
Ever since Large was born, I had always shopped at @mothercaresg for my babies daily needs and apparel. And even up till now I still enjoy shopping here for their clothes because I know the quality is good and the kiddos will be comfortable while wearing them.
Now dressing up one daughter and stocking up her closet isn’t exactly a walk in the park. So with four daughters, I do have to make of an effort to ensure that they have comfortable and well-fitted clothes that they can enjoy their activities in and not worry about chafing , seams coming off or some form Olof wardrobe malfunction.
Thank you Mothercare for the beautiful outfits for my four girls that they truly enjoy running and lounging around in.
And it looks like I’m half prepared for the CNY visiting! I just need to get two more red dresses now! 😉.
A good method to provide good nutrition to my family would be through healthy food!
Being a working mom of four, it does become chaotic should any of my kids not feel well. Which is why I always try my best to nourish them and supplement their diets to ensure that their immune systems are rock solid.
This means plenty of home-cooked meals that they girls and I enjoy eating such as our favorite pumpkin soup. I’ve even included the simple recipe below. And having nifty gadgets like the Braun Multi Quick9 saves me plenty of time when it comes to preparing meals so I get more play time with the children.
As a very hands on mom in the kitchen, I’ve used many other hand blenders over the years but what’s so unique about the Multi Quick9 is the ACTIVEBlade technology that allows it to move up and down and easily blend the hardest foods with 40% less effort. And the flexible shaft results in 250% more active cutting surface to work with. Anything that saves me time and yet delivers great performance is a keeper. Loving meal preps even more now because of this fancy kitchen gadget.
Pumpkin soup recipe: 1. Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic and peppercorns. Being to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered. 2. Purée the soup using a hand blender. 3. Return to pot and bring to a boil again. #endorsed #BravoBraun
There are so many things I love about celebrating Chinese New Year. The company of loved ones as we share scrumptious festive meals, dressing up for the festivities, decorating the house to mark this special time of the year, watching the lion dance performances and of course the seasonal snacks!!!
There’s all the typical Chinese New Year goodies like pineapple tarts, egg rolls, almond cookies, kueh bangkit, cocktail prawn rolls, love letters…. and the list goes on. But once in awhile, I get introduced some new goodies as we stock up on snacks to entertain family and friends who come to visit. And this year I’m definitely stocking up on treats from Amazin’ Graze!
I got to try out several of the snacks from amazin’ graze recently including their Love Letter Kaya Granola, Miso Szechuan Nut Mix, Haw Berry Brittle, Longan Macadamia Butter and the Tangerine Peanut Granola.
What’s so unique about these innovative guilt-free snacks apart from the fact that healthier ingredients are used to make them is how they’re inspired by Chinese New Year traditions and flavours such as yu sheng, love letters, and haw flakes. These treats under the Amazin’ New Year range features traditional tasty treats with a modern twist, making it the perfect snack to munch on while bonding with loved ones this February.
And what’s even more amazing is that these treats are 100% natural, vegetarian, and free of preservatives and refined sugar. Find out more about Amazin’ Graze’s New Year range here: http://www.amazingraze.co/
This evening I took the kids along with me to fulfill one of the Christmas wishes of a beneficiary from the Muscular Dystrophy Association Of Singapore (MDAS).
Out of the many wishes collected for the initiative this time round, I adopted three including two meal requests to surprise the family especially the mom who is the main caregiver so that she could have abit more rest and not have to prepare a meal for that day.
After some coordinating, speaking to the centre management to get a clearer idea on the families background and mental preparation on my part, I made a trip to visit the first family today along with my 3 older girls and a lot of food.
Breaking the ice and surprising the family was the easy part and I got to meet the little girl Xin Lin who was bedridden and hooked up to a machine to help her breathe. She had been diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy since she was an infant and now at 3 years old she can talk a little but it takes so much effort.
The hard part though was hearing her parents share about their journey and how they managed everything while still bringing up Xin Lin’s older sister who is now 5 years old.
It’s easy to take for granted what we have and it’s easy to overlook the struggles that our neighbors and friends are facing. And as emphasized once again by this family we visited today, creating awareness for the minority is so essential in getting them the support that they need. Sometimes we can’t help because we don’t know. But when you do know, what choice do you then make?
Doing what we did tonight gave us a chance to do something nice for someone else and brought out that kampong spirit within the kids and I. And my sharing of this experience is to hopefully bring more awareness to families with a member suffering from the condition. The financial and emotional support that we can extend can go a long way.