Sunday, December 18, 2016

Carols and Sounds

Watching the carols live (and hearing the horsie do its thing) brings alive the spirit of Christmas in an even more joyous experience! Tonight was a balmy one and so we ended up just watching the annual show at home. It was nonetheless still a spectacular one, enjoyed by every single one of us - even the little ones!

I remember back in Manila, groups of children would knock on people's houses to sing carols in exchange for coins. In one night, there would be a few groups knocking and singing behind our closed gates. I have at some point experienced this traditional carol singing - not so much knocking at houses, but more like scheduled house visits. Sometimes I wonder whether my kids will get to experience this tradition of carol singing or if they will just associate carols to singing on stage/ or singing at church. Hmm.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Sleepyhead

I have always, always loved my sleep and think I cannot sleep enough. (Having said that tho, I like staying up late and typing away -- so quiet!).

Sometimes I wish I can do my thing during the day so I can manage to stay awake.Otherwise if I leave it too late, I end up just sleeping on it! Doesn't matter whatever it is. When I am sleepy, I sleep and drop everything.

Just like now, I am finding myself falling asleep on this keyboard!!!
Photo from https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/286617

Monday, November 28, 2016

Furniture and Pieces

To relax and take my mind off my other worries, I've been playing this home design game on my phone. I used to play some other games, but for now this is the flavour of the month! I don't have much game money to purchase furniture, however just clicking on the photos and styling the room brings such different joy. A pretend world of joy that is, for a good 5 minutes. So when hubby was chit chatting to me about his dilemma in re-arranging the stock items and warehouse lighting at his workplace, I offered to look into his blue prints (as if I was a pro). I just can't wait to move into a new home so we could decorate our home from scratch. For now, I will have to be content with doing our Christmas decorations at our current house.

Burning out

Lately I've been a bit burnt out with a few things. Not complaining as these give me full joy too (motherhood), but then of course sometimes the body is just not 100%. Sleep hasn't been the best lately (umm, for the past 8 years! hahaha).

I am looking forward to some R & R over the Christmas period. Nothing big or fancy, just two short nights at a hotel in the city. A staycation. But still, just a break from reality!

I guess as much as Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! It's also giving me my usual pre-Christmas blues. It's the most expensive time of the year too! Plus, not having family around takes its toll at this time too. I wish I could be in Manila. Hoping and planning for next year - that we could be home for Christmas!
Photo from: https://luckyjmstar101.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/mesmerizing-new-york-winter-scenery/

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Car ride

This week on the way to school, my daughter and I noticed something like a box on the pedestrian island. We thought it looked like an amp (avalon u5) or a speaker box of some sort. Yesterday we took a closer look and it was a mobile speed camera! Very strange indeed. Our quick 5 minute drive to school usually involves random conversations with my 6 year old and it is just fascinating what we get to discover together, about each other or about the things around us. Sometimes I wish she would stay this young forever. But of course, before I know it she would be a teenager - and car rides together will be seldom.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

She shed

I must have been living under the radar, as I have not come across the term "she shed" until today while watching this lifestyle show with my mum. And since watching the show I have been doing some pinning on lovely and cosy she sheds! How addicting can this get - checking out ideas for my very own 'woman cave'. I have a million and one ideas that surely would be over my future budget. But I can dream, and so that's free. I am thinking that aside from having my own nook, I can also invite some of the MusiciansFriends or my sisters to hangout when we need a break from our busy mum duties!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Yet to come

Patiently waiting, still, for the 'best times' as my fortune cookie read out many, many years ago (say, 5 years).

Sometimes life can throw out expectations (eg, the promise of better times). On the other hand, quotes such as these can also give hope to us dreamers.

One day when I am not too engrossed with waiting for the 'best times' is when I know that the 'best times' have arrived. I can't wait.