Saturday, January 20, 2018
Just this week on the train, a schoolmate tapped me excitedly on the shoulder. In the course of our conversation, we inevitably shared what we are currently doing and that's when she found out I was a mum. Out of the blue, she folded her arms with a frown of concern on her face and said, "Amy, you mustn't give up on your looks just because you are a mum, I really think you ought to wear make-up when you leave the house".
At that moment, I was so stunned I barely managed a smile in response. Here are my thoughts now -
Thursday, December 7, 2017
If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you would know that our little trio went on a very impromptu beach holiday to Desaru this November past. Since it was last minute, we did not have much prepared. But we did bring along our trusty old film camera. If you would like the see the rest of the photos -
Sunday, November 19, 2017
|photo credit: neil reynolds|
Let’s face it, who doesn’t love the convenience of dropping our kids at their grands for that rare Date Night? But when we come to pick them up and they are literally bouncing off the walls, with chocolate stains on their overalls, evidence of their sugar-high crimes, we might not be all that grateful.
With the year-end school holidays coming into full swing, we foresee lots of family time. In light of this, I thought it might be useful to write some of the lessons I’m learning about handling both my kid and her grandparents. I must tell you though, that some of these remain completely idealistic, but we are trying nonetheless.
Friday, October 13, 2017
In August, Humblet and I had the privilege of collaborating with K-sisters and Mulberry Marymount for our first sponsored Mother-Daughter photoshoot. As part of their #supportmums project, they were targeting mums who had little time to spend with their kids due to work commitments and the like. The #supportmum crew, spearheaded by Jung-min and Audrey, decided to give Humblet and I a whole day of fun, plus a full scale makeover, including beautiful dresses! The sweetest mums themselves, they only had encouraging words for me and even planned a birthday surprise for little Humblet.
Here are some of our favourite shots from that day -
The last picture is my absolute favourite, @hyydn captured the moment perfectly. We love Henri Tullet books because every page requires readers to count, to point, to shake or to act. Here we are, mother and daughter, putting our heart and soul into our favourite shared pastime, reading.
Humblet and I are honoured to be the first to enjoy the efforts of the hardwork put together by the #supportmum team. Be it photographer, make-up, videographer (@androidinboots) or planner, we know that a lot went into making this day so memorable for us. And our hearts are full of gratitude. May you ladies, Jung-min and Audrey, continue to thrive in the good work you are doing for the ordinary, often neglected mums. Thank you!
As I mentioned in the short interview -
To your child, the time you are absent means nothing as compared to the memories you can make when you are with them. Each moment is precious, because no matter how imperfect a mum you think you are, to your child, you are the very best!
Have a restful weekend.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
On a single bus ride in the rush hour crowd one morning, I learnt how it is hard for people to wait. Myself included as I refresh my Facebook feed again, tap on the bus app and fiddle with my shades in impatience. A young mum scolding her toddler at the bus stop for waking up late and eating breakfast so slowly. A young man in a hoodie shaking his leg while checking his watch every minute or so. And as if time could not go any slower, the bus App showed a two-minute delay! Unbelievable.
The initial title of this post was No, I'm Not (Yet) Pregnant.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Mya turns two today! Hooray!
The only terrible thing we’ve experienced thus far is her contracting HFMD (Hand Foot Mouth Disease) and she doesn’t even go to Childcare. Nonetheless, thank you for all the love, she’s recovering well. In fact, she hardly seems to be affected at all, apart from the lack of appetite.
We’ve had a few (okay, actually a lot) of parents come warn us about the ‘Terrible Twos’ that Humblet is supposed to morph into. As parents, we’ve decided to take our stand against this theory and here’s why -
Thursday, July 20, 2017
There are too many articles entitled <The Struggles of Singlehood> or <Dealing with Singleness> out there. As a single, reading these articles left me occasionally in tears, but more often than not rolling my eyes. Allow me to contribute my share of struggles as a married person, in part to assure those who are single, we struggle too. But more so to the married, struggles are to be expected, and that these do not have to end up being unmarried. If you'd like to read the struggles of this married couple -