Every night, when my head hits the pillow, this thought hits my mind too, “Oh my, another day has passed… what have I done today?”

These days, time seems to pass even faster. I vividly remember the kids starting school on the first school day of 2015, and we’re now into the first week of the year end school holiday!

Events that have transpired in recent weeks have given me an even more sobering view towards cherishing the moment and treasuring the time we have with our loved ones. Often, it is only when we have lost something or someone that we begin to realise their importance.


In our busyness and  juggling various roles in life, it is easy to take our loved ones for granted. When things are going on smoothly, it is easy to take our peaceful and problem-free life for granted too.

On this Thanksgiving Day, I want to be mindful of the peace I have and the dear ones in my life.

When my kids are still little and still need me, I want to be there for them.

When my parents are still healthy and fit, I want to spend time with them and bring them places.

When my marriage is still going on strong, I want to cherish my husband and our relationship.


I am thankful.

How about you?

Fitbit Surge: Fitness Companion for Busy Women {Review + Giveaway}

I used to run regularly and would go for a jog at least once a week. As life gets more hectic this year, with me juggling kids, family and career, I find it a real challenge to fit running into my busy schedule. To make things worse, there was the haze!

With less time for exercise, I felt my fitness level dropped drastically over the past few months. How can I keep fit in the midst of my crazy schedule?

So, it was timely when Fitbit sent me a Fitbit Surge to try out. Honestly, I have never used a Fitness Tracker before. Does it really help us to keep fit? I was rather skeptical.


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StickerKid: Durable Name Labels for Kids {Review + Discount Code}

I am no stranger to name labels for kids. Ever since our eldest started going to school (that’s more than 6 years ago!), I have bought name labels from different stores. With three kids in the family now, I have bought my fair share of name labels for each one of them over the years.

The latest brand for kids’ name labels that I am being introduced to is Sticker Kid.

The unique thing about this brand is its origin. All their products are being shipped from Switzerland! How cool is that?

Ordering from their website is also an easy process. Simply choose the type of labels you want.


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We Don’t Do Much Playing Anymore

I look at my two boys who are fast growing up, and sometimes, especially in recent months, I question the purpose of their endless drills and stuff they do in school.

“I don’t like school. School is boring,”
“I don’t want to go to school,”
lamented my boys, especially the tween.

I look at their lives and the lives of some of my students, and I feel a tinge of sadness today. It could be because this is the examinations period, and kids are mugging for their papers.

It could also be because of the conversation I had with one of my students’ mom recently. “He has to be drilled. There’s no choice,” she said, “Every child in Singapore is studying this way.”

Hearing that makes me feel sad. I questioned myself: Do I have to drill my students, just so that they can do well for exams? Is this what learning is all about?

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SG50 Lego Exhibition: The Little Red Brick

I heard about this Lego Exhibition “The Little Red Brick” that showcases memories of Singapore built using Lego blocks.

Since our boys are Lego fans, and we are in the month of our Nation’s 50th Birthday, I wanted to bring the kids to take a look at this exhibition.

It was worth our time and effort travelling all the way to the Singapore National Library.

The boys, especially Zac, was thrilled to see the Lego models. I am also drawn to the details and intricacies of the Lego models.

Enjoy these familiar scenes of Singapore, delicately built with Lego blocks.
(Photos taken by Zac and I)


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Living In An Intense Family

I am an intense person. In that I have strong emotions towards things and people. I see this same intensity in varying degrees in my children as well. Which means there are at least four of us in this household who have very intense emotions.

What does it mean to be emotionally intense?


An emotionally intense person usually experiences feelings at a deeper and stronger level than someone who is not intense. These emotions can be so strong that they become overwhelming. It is often said that creative people tend to be emotionally intense. Emotionally intense people also tend to dwell on and brood over things longer, and the longer they think about something, the more intense they feel about it.

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SchTutors: Getting A Private Tutor For Your Child

Tuition for children is so common in Singapore that if a child does not attend any tuition classes, many will raise their eyebrows. Personally, I have my misgivings about our local tuition industry. As an educator, I find it disturbing that any Tom, Dick and Harry can become a tutor. It is not uncommon to have tutors who are students themselves, or those who have no teaching experience whatsoever. The most bewildering thing for me is, there are actually parents who are willing to hire a student to tutor their children.

I am glad to say that our three kids do not attend tuition, except for a once-a-week Chinese Class for Zac. But if we ever decide to look for a home tutor for our kids (which I doubt we will), I would definitely go for one who has both the qualification and the teaching experience.

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Solution for Hazy Days: Novita Air Purifier

Haze is not something new in Singapore. In recent years, we have been affected by haze during the hot and dry months. One of the items that many wish to own when haze hits is a powerful air purifier.

Novita has added a new air purifier to their wide range of products: The Novita PuriClean™ Air Purifier NAP 620


When my two boys first saw the Novita Air Purifier, they remarked that they have seen it in their school music rooms and AVA rooms! I was pleasantly surprised that there are air purifiers in schools.

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INTERPLAY: Where Science Meets Art

Most people think of Science and Art as two very different and distinct subjects. If you think it is un-un-un-un-un-believable that you can combine Art and Science, you’ve got to check out INTERPLAY, the latest exhibition at Singapore Science Centre.

INTERPLAY is a truly unique experiential exhibition that blends Art and Science together with technology. The exhibition features 21 installations by both international and local artists.

As members of the Science Centre, we are regular visitors. Our kids were delighted to have a chance to visit a new exhibition and according to them, INTERPLAY is one of the best exhibitions that they have visited at the Science Centre!

The unique thing about this exhibition is, you’ve got to interact with the installations and experience them for yourself. There are some exhibits which require you to find your own interpretation and figure out what is actually going on. So, I’m not going to be a spoiler by revealing all the “secrets” here.

All I can say is, our family had a blast trying out all the installations.

Here are some highlights of our INTERPLAY experience.

– Sandbox Ocean –

A multi-user interactive installation which brings together physical and digital environments.


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