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Parenting: Taking Steps NOW to encourage FUTURE Qualities

11 August 2016 – 1:10 pm |

Have you ever imagined how things will be like (or how we hope things will be) some 10, 15, 20 years down the road?
What kind of a person will your child be?
 What kind of work …

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Thoughts : We were all once a child

24 July 2011 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | No Comment

Every one of us was once a small child.

Every influential person we know today was once a small child too who couldn’t do anything much, who most probably had never imagined doing/becoming the kind of person he/she eventually is.

Every one of us has potentials, waiting to be explored and developed. Including the seemingly helpless / irritating / troublesome / slow / active child we have today.

I’d like to remind myself that I too need to look beyond today.

That I need to be there for my children, to help them discover their potentials,

explore the unknown,

and share what they have with others,

so they too can grow and become blessings to many more.

[I know I need this reminder again and again as sometimes it’s easier to only see what I have in front of me and not see the possibilities of how things would be in decades to come]

Photos : Children Photography and Blogging Workshop in Jakarta

22 July 2011 | Posted in: In the Media, Photography | 2 Comments

Ah, finally … some photos of the workshop we had on Sunday, 10 July, in Jakarta!

The turnout was great, close to 60 I think, and I thought the restaurant’s second floor (at Bumbu Tjobek Restaurant, Central Park) cosily catered for everyone there.

Indonesian lunch buffet was served just outside and I personally enjoyed chatting with some of the participants too!

Big thanks from the bottom of my heart to the sponsors, and ALL participants (big and small =) who came to the workshop! Some who came were blog readers too, so it was also great to finally meet them face to face! =)

It was nice too to have finally met up with Aji from and Yeni, my fellow speaker, a mom of two who blogs at! Wished I had more time to chat and learn more from them!

Anyway, I’m so grateful that I had the chance to share with fellow Indonesians during my trip to Jakarta. And hey, do join us in future workshops yeah! =)

The more, the merrier! =)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Baby Brie : 2 Months – Updates and How It’s Been So Far

21 July 2011 | Posted in: Parenting, Pregnancy & Babyhood | 4 Comments

Before Brie was born, people used to ask how I’ll cope with having 3 kids, and I used to reply, ‘I don’t know … I’ll just do it day by day and we’ll see how it goes.’

I’m amazed that two months have now passed and things have been good for us all.

Of course there have been ups and downs, especially now that hubby needs to travel overseas more frequently.

The two older kids do have their ‘moments’ every single day, where they’d either test my patience, intentionally refuse to listen / obey, or simply be rude and unappreciative towards life and towards whatever that I’ve done for them.

Yes, there have been times when I felt like breaking down too.


Despite all the challenges that come and go each day, I must say God has been good, very good, to me. His grace and strength is always sufficient for our little family, and I’m constantly being taught to be thankful, to put our trust in Him and to pray for the little ones whom He has entrusted into our care.

Being a Mom of three so far reminds me that I’m … vulnerable.

I’m reminded again and again that IF I am healthy, and IF I can cope with everything that’s going on, day in and day out, till today, … it’s really not because I am strong or capable, but it’s because I am ‘strengthened’ and ‘made able’ to carry out the tasks that are meant to be done, with the strength from above.

There will heaps more ‘adventures’ ahead of us, I’m sure.

And I know the rides will be smooth, and bumpy too at times =)

But somehow, I’m not too worried about that.

And I guess, it’s because I know I HAVE these two things : a supportive hubby AND most importantly, a faithful God who will walk with me, through sunny and stormy days.

Quick updates on baby Brie :

– Still yet to ‘respond with smiles’. Should be anytime this month! =)

– Can turn head (left and right) when on tummy, but can only lift head temporarily each time

– Coos and makes ‘Aaah’ sounds more frequently lately

– Wriggles her arms and legs a lot

– Still asks for feeds at least 3 times from midnight to morning

[First taxi ride in Jakarta =) ]

– Bathes 2x a day. Once before noon, and the other one is at night, as part of the bedtime routine

– Poops everyday (at least 6 dirty nappies altogether each day)

– Can sometimes fall asleep on her own when placed on bed or pram, but lately, half of the time, she’d make ‘noises’ as if she’s calling for us to pick her up. She’d continue to make such noises UNTIL we do pick her up (and sometimes she can fall asleep within 30 secs after she’s in our arms)

– Wears Drypers, size Small

– Went to KK Hospital last Sunday, 17 July and was nebulised due to her wheezing. Was not admitted because her oxygen level was okay *Thank God* She had phlegmy cough and being so small, she naturally had difficulty getting rid of the phlegm (Will write about this on a separate entry)

[Having her feed after the shoot at Mother&Baby Indonesia’s studio]

– Had her many firsts in Jakarta, her first trip overseas on a plane, ie. First trip to ‘Puncak’ (the mountain side, some 2-3 hours drive from Jakarta), first rides on Jakarta taxis, first time meeting SO many relatives in one go, and first media shoot for Mother & Baby Indonesia (on July 13th)

– Weight : 5.530kg

Kao Colour Bleach : Not Just for Whites!

19 July 2011 | Posted in: Advertorial | No Comment

What comes to your mind when you hear or see the word ‘BLEACH’?

Strong smell? Whitens ONLY white clothes? Harsh on the hands?

I remember when I was about about 12yo, I stained my white shirt, and so in my attempt to fix the damage, I grabbed this bottle with the word ‘bleach’ on it, thinking that it’d remove the stains well.

After soaking it for some time, it DID remove the yellow stains and made the white colour whiter. BUT apparently I accidentally DRIPPED some bleach onto my other coloured clothes nearby, and I ended up having white blotches on them! *very NOT happy*

Since then, I have this very strong impression : bleach damages coloured clothes easily.

Over the years, I manage to NOT use any bleach products. I’d remove stains using purely detergents and at times when the stains are too stubborn to be removed completely, I’d just ‘live with it’ (which may mean NOT wearing that particular top anymore if the stains are too obvious)

The thing is, I face even more ‘stain problems’ when I became a mom.

The more kids in the house, the MORE stains.

[Yes, we have stains on school uniforms too!]

Chocolate milk drips on shirt. Pasta sauce on dress. Dirt and stains on pants.

And oh, not to forget, … baby poop stains, when they’re still babies!

[Yes, babies are cute and cuddly, but they can also poop at ‘unexpected times’, like when they’re all nicely wrapped in a towel RIGHT AFTER a nice warm bath =) ]

So, after seeing more and more kids clothes in my drawers with stains on them, I know I need something else to help me remove these stains that does NOT work like the bleach I used years ago (ie. That worked only on whites and damaged my coloured clothes!)

[No, I’m not going to show actual baby poop here, haha … just the partially stained bath towel!]

And that’s when I started to notice
Kao Colour Bleach when doing my grocery at the supermarket.

(Funny how you don’t quite notice some things on the supermarket shelf UNTIL you have a ‘need’ and start ‘looking out’ for them!)

They are supposed to be SAFE on all COLOURED and white clothes, which is exactly what I need.

But then I thought, isn’t bleach supposed to work ONLY on whites?

So, I decided to test it out first … on Vai’s pyjama pants (pictured below)

This was what happened.

Wilson was out of town that week, so I sent Anya to school in the morning, bringing baby Brie (in a sling) and Vai along.

As usual, we took the public bus and walked to Anya’s school. As we walked along, Vai – who was still wearing his pyjama pants – suddenly called out to me, pointed towards the bottom of his pants and said, ‘Mommy! Look!’

The pants were still a little too long for him and it was apparently dragged and stepped on all over the dirty and damp roadside!

Gee. Great. There goes my hand-sewn pyjama pants, I thought.

So when we got home, this was what I did:

– Filled up slightly less than half of a pail with water

– Poured some Kao Colour Bleach Liquid (used only half a capful) and a bit of my usual detergent

– Soaked the pyjama pants for about 2 hours


When I lifted the pants up from the pail, I was like, WHOAAA … the dirt on the pants was all GONE, the colours are all nice and bright too! Everything else was good! (And, my bathroom smelled nice, ie. Didn’t smell like it’s been splashed with chlorine!)

I was impressed.

I’m definitely happy too because although it has the word ‘bleach’ on the bottle, it does NOT work like the kind of bleach I used to know! Kao Colour Bleach does NOT damage coloured clothes! It is a chlorine-free, oxygen bleach that also protects colours while removing stains!

This is good news for me, because it means I can do a few ‘jobs’ in one go with Kao Colour Bleach, ie. Brighten my coloured clothes, whiten my white ones, kill germs, and remove stains and dirt!

(And moms like me definitely appreciate ‘reduced laundry work’ time!)

Now I simply need to throw ALL those dirty and stained clothes (white and coloured ones TOGETHER!) into the washing machine. And, when I don’t have enough dirty laundry to go into the washing machine, I simply throw the dirty towel / pants / tops into a pail filled with water + detergent + Kao Colour Bleach!

[Whenever I let the kids help out, I always closely supervise them. They know that they’re never to touch these things around the house without my supervision]


For Singapore residents, you can get free samples of Kao Colour Bleach Powder 30g!

All you need to do is :

– Go to
– Please quote ‘Our Everyday things’ towards the end, if you hear about the promo from my blog entry! =)

‘Review and Win’ Promotion

Try out the Kao Colour Bleach Powder and write about what you think of it (ie. a review!) and you’ll stand to win 1 year supply of Kao Laundry products!

What you’ll need to do:
– Request for a sample
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– Check out as winners will be announced on the site weekly (every Tuesday) from 26th July to 16th August!

(Review period is open from now till 12th August)

Quick, grab your sample! =)

Parenting : Do Our Children Still Have ‘FREE TIME’ for the Family?

22 May 2014 | Posted in: Parenting | 6 Comments

If you are a parent, the topic of tuitions and extra-curricular activities usually come up quite regularly.
Do you send your kids to tuitions?
If yes, which ones?
Why do you choose to send your kids to those?

The …

Parenting : Caring for Small Babies vs. Older Kids

3 August 2011 | Posted in: Parenting | No Comment

Someone (a parent of 2 small babies) said to me the other day, ‘Oh, it’s so nice that Anya and Vai are older now. They don’t need much physical care and you can get your …

Beyond the change and struggles

8 May 2007 | Posted in: Parenting | No Comment

Once we have children, our lifestyle kinda needs some … adjustments. Especially since it’s no longer just about ‘me and my hubby’’.
And when faced with such a change, we often go through periods of feeling …

Marriage : Real Love Works!

1 March 2011 | Posted in: Advertorial, Marriage & Relationships | 8 Comments

Yep, that’s US close to TEN years ago!
It was when we were at the Registry of Marriage in 2001. I was twenty five, and Wilson was twenty six =)
It’s a little hard to believe at …

Appreciating and Encouraging Our Spouse

9 January 2013 | Posted in: Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships | 2 Comments
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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 …

Thoughts : Married to Our Spouse, Not to Our Children

6 June 2013 | Posted in: Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships | No Comment

When we become parents, the reality is, children will demand a lot of our time and energy.
Breastfeeding / bottle-feeding them, preparation of meals, feeding, bathing and playtime, changing of diapers, dealing with tantrums and behaviours.
Not …