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Teaching Children Good Manners : Not Easy!

1 April 2014 – 11:34 am |

The other day, a close relative – who has spent a few days with our family – said to me,
‘Your kids are very well-behaved.”
He was referring to what he saw.
My kids ate all on their …

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17 April 2014 | Posted in: Daily | No Comment



Where’s Baby Brie?

Brie is growing up way too fast.

And you know what?

She’s turning THREE next month!


(Soon enough, all my three kids are taller than me!)

Ah anyway, before I forget the details, I’d like to record the fact that the littlest in our family has been OFF HER DIAPERS since she’s around 2 years and 3 months.

Yes, NO diapers during the day AND night, since 7 months ago!

And, hey … THIS frankly surprised me!

Because, she’s the only one out of three kids who can be totally off her diapers at such an early age!

So, did I do anything different compared to the older two when potty-training her?


When did I suspect that I should help her get potty-trained?

It was when I started discovering ‘dry diapers’ (eg. Even after 3 hours).


Did I use any potty seats, or one of those padded toilet seat for toddlers?

No. When she was 2 years plus, I’d let her just sit on the usual toilet seat, with her legs apart (so she didn’t fall into the bowl, hehe)

At 2 years plus, she could already tell me when she needed to pee or poop.

And by now, she’d climb up, and go to the toilet all by herself.

What I did after frequently discovering dry diapers (during the day):

- Started letting her NOT wear diapers at home during the day
- I’d take her to the toilet, and let her sit on the toilet seat, every 10 – 15 minutes
- And usually, I’d go ‘Ssshhhh…. sssshhhh …’ to encourage her to pee, hehe.
- I still let her wear her diapers at night time.

What I did after frequently discovering dry diapers in the morning:

- Avoided letting Brie drink lots of liquids just before bedtime
- Took her to the toilet before bedtime, to let her pee and poop and everything, if there’s any.
- If she wakes up and cries in the middle of the night, it is most likely because she’d need to pee (based on previous experience with the eldest one). So I’d just carry her and let her sit on the toilet seat (with her eyes still closed!), and 99% of the time, she’d pee! =)

Frankly, I am amazed at how relatively easier her ‘potty training’ phase went.

I mean, yes there are accidents on her bed, but there are less than … 10 times so far?

So thankful for this, because I totally know how draining and exhausting those potty-training days can be, and with Brie, it means less ‘potty train stress’ for me.

(God knows that I potentially can feel pressure and stress from other things in life right now, so HE’s giving me a break through his kiddo =)

How about your kiddos?

Was it straight forward?

Care to share your potty training days?


Owning a Pet Dog – Not At This Moment Thank You

12 April 2014 | Posted in: Daily | No Comment


Let me introduce you to One One!

When I was in Perth recently, I met my cousin’s cute little Shih-Tzu =)

Now you see, I love dogs.

I had my first dog – a poodle - when I was five.

Then I also had four Mini Pinschers right till the time I left for Perth at the age of 14.

And during my 9 years in Perth, I had a Pomeranian and a mix breed of Australian ‘blue heeler and Kelpie‘.

(Oh btw, the mix breed I had was really smart! I personally trained him and he could all sorts of tricks, from shake hands, sit, stay, crawl, roll over, play dead, jump, jump and spin, etc. Love him!)

So, ‘Why don’t you get another dog now?’, some people asked me.

Haha. No, not at this moment thank you.

Because I already have SO MANY OTHER THINGS to take care of every single day.

It’ll be like, … having FOUR kids and a husband!Three kiddos.

A home.



Blogging, editing, and all sorts of other stuff.

And oh of course, a husband! =D

Plus, we live in an apartment, with no helpers nor drivers.

So as much as I love dogs, right now I can’t imagine having one!

It’ll be like, … having FOUR kids and a husband!


I mean, really, if I had a dog, I would want to TAKE CARE of it properly.

And ‘now’ is definitely not a good time for us to have one.

(But yes, we welcome play-time with other people’s pets =)



Having said that, I think one day we’d like to have one, ie. When the kids have all moved out or something (and we live in a house, with a backyard? =)

And you know what, if we could, Wilson and I would love to have a Siberian Husky one day =)

Now, I wonder … ‘Would YOU get a dog when your kids are still little?’

Any particular breed you have in mind? =)

Or, do you love dogs and like me, would prefer to have one LATER when the kids have all grown up?

Books Deprived (Giveaway Voucher from NoQ Store)

7 April 2014 | Posted in: Daily, Giveaways, Awards & Reviews | 20 Comments


In today’s digital era, books seem to be a little ‘out-dated’ to some families.

Not in our family though.

The actual turning of real pages, reading, thinking, and being ‘lost’ in the imaginative journey a book can bring are all too good to be forgotten.



I’d like to share these thoughts taken from another article:

In our internet-crazed world, attention is drawn in a million different directions at once as we multi-task through every day. In a single 5-minute span, the average person will divide their time between working on a task, checking email, chatting with a couple of people (via gchat, skype, etc.), keeping an eye on twitter, monitoring their smartphone, and interacting with co-workers.

When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away, and you can immerse yourself in every fine detail you’re absorbing. Read regularly, and you’ll be surprised at how much more focused you’ll become.


When it comes to young children (even toddlers), I personally feel they don’t actually need to always be ‘reading’ the books in their hands.

(especially since toddlers cannot yet read on their own)

They could carry their books around, and enjoy observing the pictures on them.

They could enjoy the stories being read to them by us.

They could also be encouraged to search, peel stickers and paste them on the ‘correct places’ (Brie loves this activity!)

As for Vai and Anya, they also love books like ‘Spot What!’ and ‘Where’s Wally?’, where they have to find hidden pictures on every page.


Now that we are in Jakarta, we honestly are ‘books deprived’.

(Read: Gone are the days when we could excitedly say, ‘Let’s go to the library!’ It’s nothing like what we had back in Singapore)

And so, recently we tried ordering some books from this online book store based in Singapore called ‘NoQ Store‘.

*Go and check it out!*

Lots to choose from, and I love how it delivers our book orders for FREE to a Singapore address!



And oh, I love how there are a LOT of books ‘on sale’! Haha.

(Seriously, I can get books for as low as just $2!)


I checked with them, and hey hey hey … NoQ Store would like to offer a $20 voucher to one lucky blog reader!

Here’s what you need to do to enter the giveaway:

1. Leave a comment and share with us: Your child’s age, and the kinds of books he/she likes to read (eg. Book Title, or genre. It’s up to you!)

2. Like my Our Everyday Things Facebook Page, if you haven’t done so =)

That’s it! =)

Giveaway is open to everyone, wherever you are, and it closes on Thursday, 10 April, 23.59pm, Singapore time!

PS: Free delivery is for Singapore local address only.

Plus, you can simply enjoy 15% discount off ALL purchases made, if you quote ‘EVERYDAYTHINGS’ under the ‘Voucher and Promotion Code’ when checking out!

Valid till 30 April 2014.

Happy reading, and have a great week ahead!

[added 13 April] GIVEAWAY RESULTS:

One name has been randomly chosen and the winner of the $20 voucher from NoQ Store is *drum rolls*


Congrats!!! =)  Enjoy your shopping at NoQ Store yeah!

And for everyone else who has participated, I have more giveaways coming up soon!

Come and join me there again yeah!

Thanks everyone!

You Can’t ‘Make’ Your Children Love Jesus

4 April 2014 | Posted in: Inspirational | No Comment

If you’re parents of faith, whose faith is placed on Jesus Christ who has died on the cross and redeemed you from the punishment of sins, I’d assume that just like me, you long to see your children place their faith in Christ too.

You’d wish to see them walk in Christ and depend on Him as they go through their ups and downs in life everyday.

But, when it comes to our children and their personal relationship with Christ, here’s one quote that served as a reminder to me today:

You can’t save your children.

You can’t make them love Jesus.

But you can be praying that God will tenderize their hearts, open their hearts.

—Nancy Leigh DeMoss


How true.

We cannot ‘force’ our faith to them.

But we can share our love for Christ with them.

The goodness and faithful love we have received through all the years.

How we learn to walk in faith in HIM through life’s ups and downs.

Yes, we can instill and teach them the Word of God.

We can be a living example to them.


Most importantly, we need to remember to pray for them, for their hearts, for them to experience God’s love personally, so they too can be amazed at His love and mercy that their hearts are open to Him too.

May God help us be more prayer-ful everyday.

Parenting : How Do You Tackle ‘Listening Situations’ at Home?

13 March 2013 | Posted in: Parenting | 2 Comments
anya vai brie_9 mar 2013

I came across this poem the other day :
Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what.
If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, 
they won’t tell …

Sunday’s Food for Thought – Are we suppressing our kid’s fighting spirit?

30 September 2007 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | No Comment
Sunday’s Food for Thought – Are we suppressing our kid’s fighting spirit?

In the name of ‘love’, parents tend to provide ‘everything’ for their children. Buying for them what they like. Giving to them whatever they ask.
And when the kids are so much older, they’re still supported …

Between the two

17 October 2007 | Posted in: Parenting | No Comment

Being a Mom of two, I personally find it a daily challenge to be able to juggle and spend time ‘equally’ and wisely with the two kids.
Vai being the younger one who still needs a …

Making : Painting on Canvas – Wedding Tree

3 January 2012 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | 4 Comments

Here’s a little something I did during our recent trip to Jakarta.
I painted on canvas =)
This was what happened.
I was checking out a book store when I saw HEAPS of canvasses on the shelves! And …

Parenting : Preventing Children from Playing Parents against Each Other

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[Daddy is often 'more fun' than Mommy, but as parents they must always be on the 'same team'!]
Have you heard or come across a situation like this :
> A child ASKS one parent for something
> …

Relationships : Disallowing Disrespect

31 March 2013 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships, Parenting | 4 Comments

One of the many things I appreciate about the father of my children is:
He does not allow his children to be disrespectful towards his wife.
I mean, if it ever happened while he’s around (eg. Daughter …