How Long Is Eternity? {Review + Giveaway}

Have you ever been stumped by your children’s questions? I know I have.

My boys sometimes ask such profound questions that I have no answer for. When that happens, my usual reply is either “I don’t know” or “Go ask Daddy”!

If I am not too tired, they will receive a more positive reply such as, “Why don’t we find out more?”

What would you tell your kids if they were to ask you, “How long is eternity?”

I know I’d have a hard time explaining eternity to my kids.

But not anymore.

Thanks to Wild Crane Press, we received this book ‘How Long Is Eternity?’ and I have to say that this is one of the most unusual and thought provoking books I’ve read.

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The bilingual hardcover book comes in a sturdy case. When we first opened the book, we were pleasantly surprised to find that it is an accordion book, which makes it really unusual.

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The entire accordion book, when fully opened, is really long! The length alone is good enough to act as a visual representation of eternity to young children.

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The black-and-white English version is on one side, while the fully-coloured Chinese version is on the other.

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But what I really like is the story in that long, accordion book.

‘How Long Is Eternity’ is adapted from ‘The Shepherd Boy’ by the Brothers Grimm. The story of ‘The Shepherd Boy’ goes like this:

The King asked the shepherd boy,
‘How many seconds are there in eternity?’
The shepherd boy replied,
‘In Lower Pomerania, there exists a diamond mountain.
This mountain measures two miles in height, two miles
in breadth, and two miles in depth. Every hundred years,
a bird will come to the mountain and sharpen its beak
on it. By the time the mountain has been worn away
completely, the first second of eternity will have passed.’

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‘How Long Is Eternity?’ is the story of a little bird that goes on a journey once every hundred years, to pursue the sun across the sky, from the east to the west. When it reaches the other end of the world, there is an immeasurably vast Diamond Mountain. The little bird sharpens its beak on the peak of the mountain, before going on its return journey from the west back to the east, this time pursuing the moon.

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When my kids first opened this book, they were intrigued by the accordion style of the book. What further interested them was the way the words and illustrations were printed on the pages. You have to read the story from left to right, all the way to the end of the length of the accordion book, then rotate the book 180 degrees around and continue reading from left to right again.

This means that the beginning and the ending of the story is on the same page.

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The interesting layout of the book makes you feel as if you’re following the little bird on its long journey from one end of the world to the other and back.

When we came to the end of the story, Jay’s eyes popped wide open, when he had a glimpse and a sudden realisation of how long eternity is.

This is a brilliant book. Truly a work of art.

‘How Long Is Eternity?’ is a unique story book that is both visually appealing to kids and thought-provoking to adults. The story left me feeling how fleeting our days on earth are.

~ GIVEAWAY! ~

Want to know the answer to “How long is eternity?”

Wild Crane Press is giving away 3 copies of the book to 3 readers of Ingspirations!

To enter the Giveaway, simply complete these 2 simple steps in the Rafflecopter link at the end of the post:

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Giveaway ends 14th February 2015.
Winners will be notified via email to collect your prize from Wild Crane Press.

Enter the Giveaway here.

Disclosure: Ingspirations was given a copy of ‘How Long Is Eternity’ for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Cherish The Mundane

Having been a mother for almost a decade, I have come to realise that the term “enjoy every moment” is so not realistic. There are moments in this parenting journey that I simply do not enjoy.

I don’t enjoy the tantrums and meltdowns, especially in public places or when I am too tired or in a hurry. I don’t enjoy the bickering between the siblings. I don’t enjoy the night feeds and having to wait for everyone to sleep before I can start work. I definitely do not enjoy the crazy juggling trying to keep all the balls in the air.

So. I don’t believe in “enjoying every moment” now.

Yet, once in a while, as I go about the daily routines or mundane motherly duties, such as reading the same book over and over again to my 4-year-old before bedtime, or walking my boy to the bus stop to wait for his school bus, I will pause.

And take a deep breathe.

And realise that all these mundane routines are what a person misses the most when crisis hits.

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Have you ever been in a crisis before? A time when everything in your life is being shaken and threatened?

If you have, you would know that during such turbulent times, what your heart longs and craves for is the mundane. The simplicity of living a normal day, watching your kids wake up and play, preparing home-cooked meals for your family, sitting down for a simple meal with your loved ones, talking about the day’s events. Nothing spectacular, just the simple, mundane, daily living of a normal life.

The mundane which is often being taken for granted. We might even complain about the mundane, how boring, how uninteresting it is. How we wish for a more adventurous and exciting life.

It is when this mundane is being threatened, that we realise how much we miss it.

I have been there. When crisis hit the family.

That is why I constantly remind myself, not to take the simple moments of my daily life for granted.

Though I don’t “enjoy e.v.e.r.y. moment”, I cherish the mundane.
For life might not always be so.

Melbourne City With Kids

When we first stepped foot in Melbourne, the thing that welcomed us was the cool weather. Our kids were thrilled to experience what they called “outdoor aircon”, something which they don’t get to experience in Singapore.

There are plenty to do and visit in Melbourne. These are some of the places we visited which are a hit with our kids.

1. Eureka Skydeck

See the city from the 88th storey.

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Kuafu Chases The Sun {Review + Giveaway}

Besides reading to our two boys daily when they were toddlers and getting them to read on their own now that they’re older, one of the ways we got our kids to love reading is to expose them to a wide variety of books. You can read about our experience in getting our kids to love books here.

Which is why I usually welcome every opportunity to introduce new books to my kids. So, I was glad when Wild Crane Press sent us a copy of “Kuafu Chases The Sun” for review.

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Exploring Great Ocean Road With Kids

The hubby and I love Melbourne. We went there for our honeymoon and told ourselves that we had to go back again one day.

Went back again we did, 12 years later. This time, lugging with us 3 kids and my mother-in-law.

It was a lovely trip. A month has passed and I’m still missing Melbourne.

Good thing is, I have a blog now where I can reminisce the beautiful moments of life. So, indulge me as I put these beautiful memories into blogposts over the next few days.

Well, you can always use these as an itinerary reference too if you’re planning for a trip to Melbourne soon! :)

12 years ago, when the hubby and I visited Melbourne, we rented a car and he was the one who did all the driving as I had no driver’s license then. He drove us along Great Ocean Road and until today, it was an unforgettable journey for us.

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The 12 Apostles at Great Ocean Road, Melbourne

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S… L… O… W… Down

“Mommy, don’t scold me…”

“I’m sorry, Mommy… I’m sorry…”

These are words spoken by my boys to me. Words that brought a pang of guilt and pain to my heart.

They are words that made me stop and think. Words that made me question, “What have I done to these little ones in the midst of my rushing through a hectic pace of life?”

Sometimes I feel that my days are lived in a hurry. Especially so during school days. Our 3 kids start and end school at different timings. As a result, they have breakfast at 3 different timings, and lunch at another 3 different timings.

A typical school day goes like this:

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Make A Difference – Foster A Child

I have 3 children. Ever since I become a mother, my life has been completely changed. All of a sudden, there is an overwhelming desire to protect, provide and nurture these little ones.

So, it is hard for me to imagine that there are children out there who are deprived of something which many of us might have taken for granted – a complete family and a safe environment to grow up in.

The Harsh Reality

Even in such an affluent society like Singapore, there are children who are abused, abandoned and neglected. These children are in need of a safe and healthy environment to grow up in. Some of these children have parents or guardians who are sick and do not have the ability or resources to look after them. Others are abandoned, neglected or ill-treated by their parents or guardians.

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What’s Up With New Year Resolutions?

So, we’re well into the new year. The boys started school today while the girl had her kindergarten orientation. I am now still wide awake at 1.15 am. Simply because:

1. I drank too many cups of coffee today.
2. I am waiting for the washing machine to finish washing my 5th load of laundry.
3. I am enjoying my “me-time”.
4. I got too excited reading Chronicles of Narnia that I cannot fall asleep now.
5. I am thinking of my new year resolutions.

Well, maybe not exactly point 5. I guess it should be more like “I ought to be thinking of my new year resolutions”.

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Blogging Highs and Lows of 2014

“So, you’re a blogger now?”

A friend asked me this recently.

Well, yes, I blog. But no, I am not a blogger, as in, a professional blogger, one who blogs full-time and has blogging as her career. :)

Blogging has been fun and therapeutic for me. I blog to record the activities I do with my kids and my thoughts in this parenting journey.

Blogging is more of a hobby to me than anything else. And sometimes, I do wonder if I should continue blogging, especially during my low moments.

Over the months, I do receive emails from sponsors and advertisers asking me to review their products or services. These, I happily agree, as long as the products and services are useful and relevant to my family and readers.

But, they are not the primary reason why I blog.

As we come to the final day of 2014, I look back on the past one year of writing in this blog.

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A Solution for Drying Your Laundry Indoors: Novita LaundryFresh™ Dehumidifier

We just came back from a 10-day family trip to Australia. It’s back to reality for us, now that the holiday and fun is over. And this reality includes a whole load of dirty laundry to be washed… not my version of fun at all.

Although we have a dryer at home, I still hang many of our clothes out to dry, simply because certain types of clothes can shrink and be damaged when dried with the dryer.

You can imagine how dreadful it is during rainy season (which we’re in now, by the way), when clothes take a long time to dry…

So, I was glad when the folks at Novita sent over a dehumidifier for us to try out. Now, I have heard of dehumidifiers but have never used one in my life. How does it work? What has a dehumidifier got to do with laundry?

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