Monday.

6 Feb

It’s almost 1am and I can’t sleep. I am tired and I feel like the weekend is not enough since I worked on a Sunday instead of chilling with the family.

I was just looking at my not-so-many posts and was transported back to the times I was excited to write them. And then I got busy and temporarily stopped blogging. I could’ve hundreds of posts by now if only I committed to it. Oh well.

I wish I could get this going now. For real.

I hope I could be like you, a blogger, who does not waste a day without posting for his/her readers. More than that, for his/her soul that craves being heard.

It’s Monday. For sure it’s going to be busy but I hope I get the chance to write a post about my day even for a couple of minutes.

Blogging from my side of the globe,

Marie@Work

Sunday Work.

6 Feb

I brought the Toddler, my energetic three-year-old son, to work today. We were in my office shortly before 10.30am, enjoyed our fried chicken lunch at 11.30am, and, well, I tried to do some work at 1pm.

I succeeded. Partly.

I started working on a presentation that’s due tomorrow morning. I was on my second slide when the Toddler came up to me and said, “Kiss”, and he gave me his usual sweet kiss. And then, “Hug!” And he hugged his Mum for a few seconds before dashing off to my mini sofa and doodled what seemed like a galaxy to me. Or it could be his own version of the terraces. Or a rice field. Who knows?

All I know is that it’s my son’s masterpiece, which made me smile as I tried to peek through. He was happily singing a mash-up of nursery rhymes. Some I can barely understand, while some I memorised by heart. Who wouldn’t? Every mom with a kid this age would sing all these songs and know every word by heart. That comes with being a mom. And knowing the actions, too.

I started working on the next slide when the Toddler approached me again, and asked for water. I gave him his bottle, cleared the little sofa and propped up a pillow for my little guest.

I didn’t realise I spent a few good minutes watching him drink his water while holding his ear. I got lost just by looking at my son, and admiring him for all the things he learns every day, the sweet things he does to me, to his dad as well as to his baby sister.

I am in love. No doubt about it. And, if you had read my previous post on what excites me, I would now include the many adventures that he and his sister will have in the future. With us.

Today’s a good day despite the sweltering heat, the chilly air conditioning that cannot be adjusted, and the unfinished presentation deck. I got to spend time with the Toddler on a working Sunday. I’m glad and he was happy. 

And that is all that matters.

What Excites You?

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Traveling. That’s my answer. 

I remember countless conversations about winning it big in the lottery, and what I’d do with my winnings. 

I’d travel the world and see more of Europe. Yes, I am in love with Europe, but that deserves another post. 

This one is about the day I realised I’d gift my family a quick trip to Disneyland this year for their birthdays, instead of the usual presents, kiddie parties or fancy dinners. 

This year, the four of us (the hubby and I, and two toddlers!) are going to see Mickey and Minnie in Hong Kong! And it’s a celebration of “firsts” for our little family:

1) It’s not my first time to see HK, but it is for the hubby and the kids. 

2) It’s our first out-of-the-country trip together as a family. 

3) First out-of-the-country trip for the toddlers! Yay!

4) A first occassion to celebrate all our birthdays in one day. 

5) First trip without a stroller. I read from a blog that HK is not stroller-friendly so hubby and I will each have a kid in tow. 

6) First time to see the Disneyland fireworks! I missed it last time because we had an early start and the heat was unbearable. By the time we finished our stroll at the park, we were extremely exhausted and had to run back to the hotel for comfort. 

7) First trip without a nanny. Hubby, we can do this!

8) First opportunity for us to save up for the trip. Goodbye, unnecessary expenses and eating out. 😊

9) First time we are sharing a birthday cake!

10) First learning experience for us as a family, as we discover a different culture, see new places and meet new people. 

The trip is in November, and it’s only January. I can’t wait!

Yep, I’m excited! See you in a few months, Hong Kong! 

Thank you. 

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As I type this entry on my mobile phone, my three-year-old boy is “typing” on my tummy, pretending that he is working on something. 

Add to this “typing” is him being adorable to his Mummy. My heart is rejoicing!

Anyway, last year, I started jotting down things I’m thankful for, and I have over a hundred of them. The exercise was meant to “produce” five things I am thankful for every day, but even with my small handwriting, I only used up three pages. 

There were days I’d forget about enumerating them, and there were days I’d exceed the five-per-day requirement. 

So here I am again, attempting to simply transfer the exercise from my journal to this blog. To help me fill it with content when I think I do not have anything to write about. 

At least, there is always (always) something to be grateful for. 

Like this. This very moment when Marcus, my firstborn, is singing “Baa baa black sheep” at 10.45pm. 

Thank you, love, for keeping Mum company. It’s way past your bedtime but who cares? When you grow up, you and I won’t have this special pre-bedtime moment anymore. 

Thank you, God, for this. Thank you, Universe. 

This app. 

23 Jan

Blogging from my mobile phone. 

I just downloaded the WordPress app for the nth time, and every time I switch phones, I try to really think if I need this app or not. 

Well, I downloaded it so, as of this writing, I believe I need it. 

I made a promise to myself I’d go back to blogging again. That was last year. 

Where am I now? I am nowhere near my goal of becoming a blogger. I hope I can always find the right to thing to write about but there commitments that I tend to prioritise than romancing my keyboard and “penning down” my thoughts. 

And I have two adorable toddlers. 

Yeap. Workings mums out there would definitely agree with me that juggling home, kids and work is no easy feat. 

Here’s to wishing I get to really kickstart my blogging again. 

See you ’round. 

It’s me, 

Marie

How Do I Get Back to Blogging?

25 Aug

I have been away from the blogging community for about two years, and seeing this page outdated makes me cringe.

There, I said it. I am guilty of starting and, eventually, abandoning this blog without even making one final post. A goodbye post, perhaps.

But that’s the thing. I do not want to say goodbye. I want to continue blogging. But how do I get back to blogging?

Honestly speaking, I would visit this (my) page once in a while and would make a mental note to update it. But my efforts were not successful. I needed a little push. What I realised when I was re-visiting my pages yesterday was, I had built quite a few posts over the past couple of years. Seeing when I last posted made me think back on how excited I was to start this page. And re-reading my posts gave me an enriching trip down memory lane.

Posts containing memories of places, persons, occasions in my life. Memories that warm the heart. And I realised I would love to have more of them.

So here I am, updating this page once again. Typing down my thoughts as they come.

How do I get back to blogging? I just have to do it and restart.

So this is me rebooting my blogging system.

Hello, world. It’s nice to see you again.

 

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Wicked Obsession

14 Mar

Just because I have this huge Wicked obsession and an equally humongous hangover. First saw it in Singapore in 2012. And then in Manila last week.

I am, and will always be, a Wicked fan.

Happy weekend!

Blogging from my side of the globe,

Marie

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

25 Jan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

Oh, how I love this week’s photo challenge, which is an interpretation of a family.

My little buddy, the latest addition to our small family. Hubby and I are crazy about this little one. We are, indeed, blessed to have him in our lives.

Marcus, my baby, I love you.

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Frosty Goodness

25 Jan

Have you ever wished you could have a steady supply of Wendy’s Frosty in the comfort of your own home?

I have. Several times, actually.

In Singapore, I don’t live anywhere near a Wendy’s branch. It’s an MRT or a bus ride away. Same thing in Manila, it’s a 10-min drive from where I stay so craving for a cup at 1am isn’t exactly convenient.

My hubby introduced me to the Brothers Green Eats channel and found this homemade Frosty recipe. We tried it and it was divine! You’ll only need chocolate milk, whipped cream, condensed milk and a blender. Now how hard can it get?

Have fun watching!

Blogging from my side of the globe,

Marie

P.S.
Apparently, the brothers filming the videos are known for recreating famous meals/dishes and showing them to us ordinary citizens. Now let me go and watch the rest of their videos…

Lessons Learnt (So Far)

24 Jan

It’s not easy being a first-time parent but nothing compares to being one. My son, who is currently napping as I quickly type this, is only two weeks old and he has brought us nothing but joy… and little discoveries that make our lives even more interesting now that he’s around.

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