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Parenting: Teaching Children to Treat Animals with Kindness

6 October 2016 – 9:53 am |

Many may not care, but when animals are hit or treated like they are worthless non-living things, I can’t help but feel disturbed.
Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, I know humans …

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Loving and Learning from my Sibling

19 October 2016 | Posted in: Daily | No Comment

Brother and sister

5 years apart.

I feel blessed that there is more than one child in our family because it means they get to ‘sharpen each other’ (yes, through bickering, disagreements, too) and learn from one another.

Family values we always instill in them include: 
Just because you are bigger and stronger, it doesn’t mean you can look down and not help the younger / weaker one. And, just because you are younger, it doesn’t mean you are a little princess who gets whatever you want, whenever you want. 

Love and care for one another because family is a gift from God.

Thank God for these children.

Vai: 10 years, 1 month
Brie: 5 years, 4 months

Spotted Illegal Trading of Protected Animals? Report it!

17 October 2016 | Posted in: Daily | No Comment


Saturday noon.

We actually searched for this place to see some aquarium fish.

We were told that we could find sellers there, by the roadside, along the railway track (Gunung Sahari).

And yes, we did find some aquarium fish.

But we saw MORE animals than we expected!

These are PROTECTED species, aren’t they?

My heart ached as I walked along this road.

After some googling, I found these links, and I’ve sent my report and photos to them.

If you do spot some suspicious illegal trading of protected animals (even when you’re not too sure if the animals are protected kinds or not), I recommend that you DO SOMETHING about it.

Make. A. Report.

That’s the least that we can do.

>> PROFAUNA Indonesia
Facebook: PROFAUNA Indonesia
Email your report to:

>> WWF Indonesia

>> Read this ARTICLE (in Indonesian) on how and why we should stop illegal trading and report what we’ve spotted.

Calligraphy: Early Days

13 October 2016 | Posted in: Daily | No Comment


One of the things that Anya has been exploring recently is calligraphy.

Scribbling and creating her own ‘fonts’.

Some people asked us:

Did you get her those ‘calligraphy pens’?

No, we said. Because she should just experiment and try things out using whatever things she has.

Did you send her to lessons or something?

No, we said. But we did search and let her watch a ‘how to create your own font’ clip on Youtube. And, we showed calligraphy works done by others, including those by our friends.

We hope to see her explore, learn and discover. On her own. For now.

Anya: 12.5yo

Making: Living Room and Toilet, using Recyclables

6 October 2016 | Posted in: Crafts & Activity Ideas for Kids | No Comment


Someone is finally done with her art project!

Task: Create and design any room, using recyclables.

Materials used include:

– Cereal boxes (as backings of paintings, etc)

– Shoe boxes (as the base, the middle wall, and ‘backings’ of furniture)

– Magazine pages (for ‘paintings’)

– Used transparent plastic sheet (to create mirror / glass panel effect)

– Used satin cloth (as bean bag covers =)


She originally wanted to create her ‘dream toilet’!

A big toilet with many books, TV, DVD player, etc.

Then she realised, the toilet is so huge, and the TV is so far away from the toilet bowl. Haha.

And so it’s split into two rooms.

Still, it’s a toilet with a cupboard full of books!


Look closer. Can you spot a girl?


Mom’s comment?

The girl is thinking of which book to read before doing her big business. Haha.

Anya: 12.5 yo

Finding Time to Read

22 May 2013 | Posted in: Daily, Parenting | One Comment
anya reading book quote

When it comes to reading, here’s a quote I’d like to share :
“It is essential that children read. Reading sets them free to explore a world of their own imagination rather than being constrained by …

Being a Mom of Three : How My First 10 Days Have Been

31 May 2011 | Posted in: Parenting | 5 Comments

[Our 7-day-old Brie. Lucky to have caught her smiling away! =)]

Now that I have a newborn baby PLUS two older kids to care for everyday, three common questions I usually get from people are :
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Things about having two kids

6 August 2007 | Posted in: Parenting | No Comment

You know when you have two kids, I think you somehow compare how things are now with how things were before.
Like how today’s better technology (read: having good quality video camera function in my IXUS) …

One Special Day: Thoughts on Turning 40

28 June 2016 | Posted in: Daily, Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships | 6 Comments

So THE day has arrived.
I am now officially, 40.
If you’re well over 40, you’d probably roll your eyes and say, ‘Bleh. You’re STILL 40! You’re young!’
(My 91yo grandma said I’m soooo very young! Hehe)
If you’re under …

Appreciating and Encouraging Our Spouse

9 January 2013 | Posted in: Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships | 2 Comments
wilson leonny jan 2013

One of the things that I often need to remind myself is, I’m not just a Mom.
I’m also someone’s wife.
The ‘problem’ is, when you have kids, we are naturally inclined to focus our energy and …

The Need to be a Good Company to our Spouse

20 April 2015 | Posted in: Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships | 2 Comments

Something sweet my husband wrote on his Facebook wall yesterday =)

That night, as we both chatted about this and that, I shared with him my thoughts on what he wrote on Facebook.
I said:
You know what? …