I woke up last Sunday to a flurry of SMSes and Whatsapp messages on my phone. They ranged from: “Oh I see you went back to writing for your ex-employer” to “Aha, gave up on being a SAHM already? Went back to work?” The reason for the messages from my well-meaning friends? I wrote a column in Sunday Times on the lengths teachers go to to engage parents. So some thought I had gone back to work. Nope, not at all. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: May 2014
I thought I wouldn’t have to make difficult decisions like choosing between kids and work since I had quit my job. I thought wrong! Before I left ST in February, I had agreed to be on the selection panel for MOE’s outstanding youth in education awards. MOE asked me because of my involvement in Compass and I had marked the date down in my diary way ahead. Continue reading
I’m no Nigella, but I do like to try out new cake designs. I’ve been wanting to do a rainbow cake since I saw various versions online. I was put off by the amount of washing needed though, since I would have to bake each layer or colour individually. Then I saw a version where I could just bake all the colours at one go and thought, ok that’s the one I’d try for Mother’s Day. Continue reading
We last went to Pasir Ris Park one morning in September last year, and cycled for two hours, getting a good workout in the process. It was a little too hot but we enjoyed outselves nonetheless. The picture above was taken then. It looks a little like one we took a decade ago, sans kids, when JQ and I cycled to Desaru with our university friends.
It’s a pity we don’t live nearer Pasir Ris, because we haven’t gone back there since. Over the weekend, we had to run some errands that took us to the vicinity, so the kids were clamouring to cycle there once again, and we did. Continue reading
We’re not big on celebrating “Hallmark holidays” like Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day or Fathers’ Day. Valentine’s Day passes like any other day, while we may gather for a meal to celebrate Mothers’ Day for my mum and mum-in-law. The thing is, neither of them are big on such celebrations either. So while we may not always bring them out for a restaurant meal or shower them with extravagant gifts, we do try to do something special for them. Continue reading
One of the things I really missed doing when I was working, was having time to craft. It could be something as simple as making a card, working on a scrapbook, or making a photo frame. But I didn’t have the energy or mental state to do it. Yes, there were nights and weekends, but by the time I was done with work or housework, I didn’t feel like doing much else apart from lazing with my kids.
This is the relieved smile of a four-year-old girl who is reunited with her comfort pillow after spending one night without it.
Other children have security blankets or favourite stuffed toys. For Shannon, it has always been her yellow-orange sunflower pillow. She took to it from the time she was four months old, when it came with a congratulatory hamper her papa’s ex-colleague, Eddie, gave to us. Continue reading