Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Convenient cleaning with Dyson Digital Slim™ Fluffy Extra

Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners are true game changer! 

Cleaning has became easier when I switched from those small yet still bulky wired vacuum cleaner 4 years ago. Without the wire running around, it is faster to vacuum the house. It's also easier to spot clean as there is zero set up required. 


Which brand of cordless vacuum cleaner should I get?


Enough said, I believe many can appreciate a cordless device but the first question - "Which brand should I get?"

After using Dyson V8 Fluffy for 4 years, I can confidently say "Dyson"! Our V8 Fluffy has served us really well. In between, we only had a change of battery pack and it is still working like new. With its leading technology and continuous research & development, you can be rest assured that you will be getting the best features out of a vacuum cleaner! 

Powerful 3-in-1 multi-functional cleaning, advanced filtration, quality, style and convenience all in ONE!


Which model of Dyson vacuum cleaner should I get?


Next would be "which Dyson vacuum model should I get'?

There are currently Dyson V8 Slim™ Fluffy, V10, V11 and Digital Slim™. Within the model, there are further variations. Hence, it can get a little confusing to some. Here are some questions that you can help to identify which model to get:

1. What's your budget?

If you are looking for the most pocket friendly model, look into V8 Slim™. Look out for sale like the upcoming 11.11 promotion!

2. How big is the space that you are using it for?

If you are living in a space bigger around 2 bedroom size or smaller, a 40 mins of running time - V8 Slim™ and Digital Slim™ would work well. If you have a bigger space, V10 or V11 with a 60 mins of running time might work better for you. Alternatively, you can get Digital Slim™ and purchase an extra battery pack. V11 also comes with the click-in battery system for extended running time. 

3. Who is using it? 

It would also be good to consider the user. For me, the old V8 Fluffy (2.6 kg) is manageable for cleaning the floor and surfaces. However, it requires some strength for me to move it up the stairs and clean the higher spots. V8 Slim™ Fluffy is 2.1kg, V10 Fluffy is 2.5kg and V11 Absolute is 2.97kg.

Dyson Digital Slim™ Fluffy is 1.9kg. When I first hold on to the new Digital Slim™, I could feel the great difference in weight from my old V8 Fluffy. It was a whopping 0.7kg and I have no problem flipping it up in the air quickly to clean spots that are beyond my reach.


Dyson Digital Slim™ Fluffy Extra


Dyson Digital Slim™ Fluffy is a remarkable powerhouse! 

While it was 20% smaller and 30% lighter than V11, the suction power remains. The Digital Slim™ features a new light and robust brush bar, giving a compact and lower profile cleaner head for tight spaces and improved edge pick up. 

It uses a specifically designed motor from our range of Dyson Hyperdymium™ motors that produces the powerful airflow found in all Dyson machines; 11 scrolled cyclones, unique to this machine with greater separation efficiency for less energy whilst ensuring the capture of fine dust. The Dyson Digital Slim™ vacuum also achieves 99.97% filtration of particles as small as 0.3 microns while maintaining no loss of suction.


It's no doubt a powerful lightweight 3-in-1 cleaner: It cleans floors, mattresses and hard-to-reach areas with different attachments. I love that the brush bar, clear bin, combined pre/post motor filter, and light-up crevice tool are all washable. 


Its whole machine filtration captures 99.97% of microscopic particles as small as 0.3 microns, expelling clean air. With an airtight gasket around the cyclone assembly and a pressurised rubber seal around the advanced filter, the whole system is fully sealed – preventing dust from leaking back into the air. 


Like V11, it also has an LCD screen that shows the cleaning mode, and remaining run time, as well as offering filter maintenance reminders and blockage reports. This lightweight powerhouse run for up to 40 minutes in eco mode on hard floors, and up to 5 minutes in boost mode.  The battery is also swappable, providing up to 80 minutes run time in eco mode.  

Besides the light weight, I personally find that Dyson Digital Slim™ Fluffy Extra has a good grip. The circumference of the handle has been made smaller allowing for an easier and more comfortable grip for people with smaller hands like mine.  The shape of the trigger has also been contoured for greater comfort for a finger.

I'm so in love with this new powerful help to our family!

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The Dyson Digital Slim™ vacuum is now available, priced up to SGD849 at www.dyson.com.sg and Dyson Demo stores at Dyson Service Centre & Demo Store – Capitol Singapore, Dyson Demo Zone – Westgate. 


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Thank God! It's Tuberculosis!

What started off as a simple sore throat turned out otherwise. After battling cough, bloated stomach, diaherrea and fatigue for 3 weeks, I finally managed to get a referral to specialist on my 2nd visit to polyclinic. My appointment was supposed to be a week later but I can't make it so requested for a reschedule. Thank God for his protection, I got a next day appointment at the specialist clinic as there was last minute cancellation. Doctor gave me a number of blood test, ECG, urine test and x ray. The x ray result turned out bad and he called me to admit to the hospital that Wednesday night.  


After settling dinner and some chores, I bid the family goodbye and headed to NUH to admit myself. Everything happened so fast after I registered. I was inserted iv plug and quickly put to a series of examinations and ultrasound. The earlier x ray result shows that my left lung was 80% filled with fluid and due the expansion of my lung, my heart was pushed to the right and slightly twisted. I had to do a procedure to insert a draining tube to drain the fluid at the A&E. The procedure was traumatising. I was given local anesthesia and some painkiller injection but it was still very painful. I could feel the doctor poking the tube to the side of my left chest and I cried so badly throughout the 15 mins.

After the insertion of the chest tube, I was sent to an isolation ward because I was considered a possible contagious case. I was eventually tested negative for Covid-19. I also did the tuberculosis phlegm test which came back negative. 

Although the insertion was a horrible experience, I felt less breathless after the drainage. My heartbeat rate also reduced. I feel physically better. The first few days were all about draining my fluid from my left lung. The fluid was sent for testing to identify the cause of all these and it took days for the results to be out. I was given antibiotics and painkillers. 

It was worrying as the draining was blocked half way. But thankful, it continued to drain after the doctor did a flush. 


But guess the most worrying part is the cause of having fluid in my lung. The word "Cancer" popped up right at the first call to get me admit to hospital. Doctor didn't know why and it could be because of infection, pneumonia, tuberculosis or worst case cancer. The CT scan also showed that I've something at my ovary but it wasn't a big surprise as I've PCOS. I was arrange to see a gynae after I discharge. All I could do is to pray and ask people around to pray for me. 

I was deisolated for a day and went back to isolation in negative pressure isolation ward because they found TB in my fluid. On Monday morning, I did a procedure to drain the fluid and get sample for biopsy. Doctor said it's very likely TB.

I was given local anesthesia (alot more) and painkiller so was awake throughout the hr plus. The professor did her work behind a green screen. I could feel many pokes but mostly pressure and suction. I could hear the professor saying to the junior doctor, don't think it's an easy thing, it's very complicated. I was taken aback and kept praying throughout that hr plus. It was yet another traumatising experience. Thankfully things went well.

I came back to the ward feeling ok until suddenly I couldn't catch my breathe for a few minutes when I tried to sit up. I got better but was weak the rest of the afternoon. My chest tube was replaced with a bigger one and attached to a suction machine. Dr came back to check on me and shared that the good news is it was Tuberculosis. There was no signs of cancer. It was a great relief as I'm still young and it is curable. I was given TB medications - alot of them. And need to take them for 6 months. 


After 7 nights at the hospital, about 3 litre of fluid out of my left lung, multiple scans, alot of prayers, I'm finally back at home. I thank God for his protection. I could have found out my Tuberculosis much later and things might be worst. I had to go through all diagnosis and treatment alone. Honestly, I was really scared but I could only just pray for courage and strength. I was much alone but God is always there for me to hold me through. 

Hubby had been really great at taking care of the kids since the start when I got sick a month back and even helped to deliver food at last minute because the food at the hospital was horrible. With his new dishwasher purchase, he can run the household except cooking.

Thankful to many who pray for me over whatapps, videocalls and keep checking on me. Bosses and colleagues have been very understanding towards my conditions too. So glad that my parents who didn't really know the full story managed to visit and asked me to pray to Jesus. Daddy even came with 2 photos of Jesus. I'm thankful that they have Jesus in their hearts.

Thankful that my condition wasn't contagious as the TB virus was on the lining of my lung. Thus family should be safe. It wonder how lucky am I to get this as it's not easy to get TB. Anyway, if you are coughing for more than 3 weeks and have breathless, do see a doctor.

Stay safe all! 
 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Yoon Salon: 5 WFH Hairdo Ideas Ft. My Daughter

For those of you who have been working from home during this Covid-19 period, how are things going for you?

Unknowingly, it has been almost 6 months since I started working from home. It has been mostly good so far but some days can be rather overwhelming for me. Now that the girls are back to school, I find myself overly engrossed in work and take lesser breaks. In general, I feel as though I have been working non-stop, throughout the day and night. It has happened so many times and I always tend to end my day feeling drained with super messy locks! Furthermore, not needing to get out also means you don't need to dress up. On most days, I just had to remind myself to comb my tresses before jumping onto a zoom call.


To spark things up, I randomly asked Emma to help style myself. up. She jumped on the idea and was super excited! She happily took up my challenge to do up 5 working from home ‘dos like a master stylist without much help from me. She enjoys playing around with different styles. At times, she does a better job than me!

1. Pig Tails

She started off with my most favourite look and that's a pair of pig tails! This look, surely makes me appear a few years younger! Think it would look better with some curls!

2. Low Pony Tail

Next up, it's a low ponytail! I used to love high ponytails but I'm starting to love low ponytails a lot more these days! Just because they are much neater and classier!


3. Ballerina Bun

As a ballerina, Emmalyn always put on a bun. She learnt how to tie her own bun a couple of years back and is pretty good at tying them now. Do you know that there are more than 10 ways to tie a bun?

4. Braids

I tried very hard not to intervene with how she wants to style my locks. But too bad for this look, I had to interrupt her because her original idea was to tie 4 long braids around my head.

I'm proud to say that I've never really taught her how to braid. She learnt this skill by watching how her childcare teachers used to braid their students’ hair.

5. Braided Half-Tie

Then came her last styling idea. Instead of doing a normal half-tie, she added braids to it. Creative right! This is the front view and it looks so pleasant. She even suggested going for this look for my next zoom call with my colleagues.

Looks pretty fancy from the back view! Haha!

Bonus: Modified Pig tails

She didn't want to stop at 5 so we had the 6th! This is a modified version of the pigtail. She first used the end of the comb to select two small sections of my locks at both sides of my head. Then she slowly put a band around each section. Moving on, she divided my tresses into two huge equal sections and tied them up separately. She was so excited to call them the ‘modified pigtail’ style. I am thoroughly impressed with my daughter’s creativity.

Emmalyn certainly had fun being my stylist for the day! Bored of your daily ‘Work from Home’ look? Why not get your little ones to help you spruce things up? It's a fun mummy-daughter bonding activity! Last year, I let her do my make up for an outing and she was so thrilled! As a mother, I feel activities like these give me an opportunity to notice the talents of my kid. Moreover, their motor skills improve and they are well-occupied with something useful.


While I love my long tresses, I really think they need some trimming and perhaps a new colour soon. My last visit to a salon was in December last year. And after much procrastination, I've finally made an appointment with Yoon Salon for a pampering session coming week! Read on for their ongoing promotion!

 

Why Have I Chosen Yoon Salon?

YOON is an upcoming hair salon in town. Their team of stylists gleam with numerous years of experience in this industry. There is no technique that they are not aware of. They are highly equipped with the right skills to perfectly style a fresh new haircut or provide a satisfying treatment. YOON’s management ensures that the products used on clients are gentle and of high quality. I checked out their website and noted that all their treatments are right now going at a promotional rate of SGD 28. This deal is only available online and I found this incredible. Since the rate is affordable and I am in great need for hair therapy, I just knew that I should be giving this boutique a try.



I know that I definitely need a new coat of colour but I'm still contemplating whether I should also add in a perm or to change my look by trimming my hair short. Given that there are so many new modern hair colouring techniques today, I guess I'll just leave it in the good hands of YOON’s professional stylist to help me find the perfect look!

While looking through their website, I even saw a whole section full of articles that speak about hair care.

Do you want to know about hot and cold perms or about digital perming or about S-Curl rebonding? Fret not, all the information you need to clear your doubts is available on their website.


Promotion

Looking for a pampering session or a change in your look? YOON is currently having a great promotion! You can try out 1 session of any of their services at only $28. Simply complete their online form on their website to redeem. You will be receiving a call from their Sales Department to book an appointment slot that’s convenient for you.

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Happy 7th Birthday, Emmalyn

Dear Emmalyn,

Happy blessed 7th birthday!

How did all the time fly so fast? It felt like we had just celebrated your graduation from your childcare last Nov with a concert. We love your performance and how you shine even though you are the smallest in size. We have seen how you've grown in personality and learning. But that was just the beginning of an even more exciting journey!

Entering primary school is such a great milestone and I thank God that you've been adapting well. You gained independence and courage with your new status. You had fun making friends, buying things and still quite chill about learning even though we had our fair share of struggle in keeping up.

It's unfortunate that Covid-19 happened and you didn't get to enjoy a more carefree 1st year. Instead of lots of running around the school, it's filled with home based learning, zoom lessons, safe distancing and masking. But thankfully, like many children, you are more resilient and flexible than we could ask for. I'm also glad we had some short trips to Batam and Malacca before all the lockdown.

We got to spend alot of time as a family during the Circuit Breaker and it's a blessing to be able to do so. You get to play more than you could under normal situation - Lego, TV, dolls and role play. We should really had studied more but I can't cope with working from home, Avalyn and housework. Instead, I decided to spend more time and effort on working on your heart.


I thank God that you have been a really good sister to Avalyn. Both of you do fight over toys and disturb each other, but there are alot more loving and sweet moments. You would come back from school telling me that you miss her. You enjoy spending time with her. You always drew pictures of her. You taught her many things like talking, drawing, playing, dressing up. And of course, some naughty things too. Avalyn loves you alot too and looks up to you as a role model.

Now that we are back to the regular routine in the new normal, it's time to pick things up. You started English writing at Write Edge and went back to physical lesson at Fun with Abacus.

You were supposed to take the RAD ballet exam in April but it was postponed till July. Since the examiners can't travel to Singapore, their dance was recorded for the examiners to grade. Glad that it went well and you came out of the exam happy with her performance! You are truly passionate about ballet and would like to continue learning.

As much as I would love to see you persist in drum, I know that you lack of that passion you had in ballet. I'm proud of how far you had came along and I believe the past 2 years of learning drum has surely helped to develop your interest in music. Your 2nd drum rectial last Dec was amazing! You also did a combined piece during the Covid-19 with the rest of the instructors and students of Aureus.

Because of Covid-19, we stopped swimming lessons and you only get to attend a few soccer classes. You miss swimming but we decided to take things slow. 

 

Meanwhile, let's continue to pray for Covid-19 to get out of our way! As we celebrate your 7th birthday, I want to give thanks to God for watching over you and our family for the past 7 years. There are always so much new experiences and incidents that we aren't always ready or equipped to handle them. And, I'm feeling the inadequacies and helplessness more and more year after year. I know I could only rely on God in this parenting journey. I pray for more wisdom and faith to parent both you and Avalyn. 

With love, 

Mummy & Daddy


Monday, July 13, 2020

Enjoying 8 Crabs at home!

After months of cooking and not dining out, I'm getting quite sick of my own cooking. When 8 crabs asked if I would like to try out their Sri Lankan premium wild crabs, I said yes! Hubby and I love crabs but we don't like the mess. So, eating crabs at the comfort of our home is perfect!


I ordered chili crab, black pepper crab, fried man tou and seafood horfun. They came hot and I even scorched my fingers a little while transferring them out.


The girls don't take seafood so they just eat the gravy horfun ($6) and the  fried mantou ($6 for 5 pieces). It was very tasty and www.8crabs.com is definitely very generous with their ingredients!


Hubby and I went straight for the crabs and the fried mantou! We started with chili crab ($68 for 750g) first and it was really good! The sauce is very full of flavour and is great with mantou. It indeed has a perfect blend between sweet, savoury, salty and spicy as claimed on their website. They were also all nicely cracked up and easy to eat.


Look at its meaty pincers!

I must say it's super fresh and finger licking good! To ensure freshness, these crabs are caught, flown, prepared and delivered to you within 12 hours! They also have a one driver to an order policy across their 12 kitchens island-wide so that we may uphold our promise of One Hour Crab Delivery.


The black pepper crab ($68 for 750g) are peppery and has a kick to it but I think that this the meat is can be a little more moist. The chili crab was more tender because it was simmered in the gravy.


A month ago, we also had crab from a zi char stall delivery and I could really taste the difference between both. Crabs from 8 Crabs are meatier, tastier, bigger, and less watery.

I learnt that most restaurants use farmed crabs because they are cheaper. Crabs are creatures that need space to move about and prefer to live alone. Being in a confined space in the crab farm actually caused the crabs to get stressed and produce ammonia. The ammonia smell of these farm crabs are thus cover up by strong gravies. We surely don't want so much of the ammonia.

Being the only company in Singapore using grade AAA premium Sri Lankan sourced wild crabs that are graded by the most experienced crab graders in the trade, their crabs are definitely value for money! Besides these dishes, they also have a wide variety of menu - seafood, meat, tofu, eggs & more! Go check them out on www.8crabs.com!






Tuesday, June 16, 2020

7 Things The Bible Says About Parenting

10 weeks of staying home to fight Covid-19 makes me slow down, think and reflect more. Even though I'm quite a thinker, I'm more of an Executor. I often find myself in a state of doing and not having enough time and energy to think. One month ago, I joined my girlfriend in her devotion plan and it has to be one of the best thing that had taken place during the Circuit Breaker. Together with 2 others, we are on our 4th plan and it has been amazing!

 
This coming 7 years of parenthood has been a joyful, meaningful and faithful journey. However, it comes with its set of challenges, worries and doubt. I see more weaknesses, limitations and fears in myself. Motherhood has became a huge part of my life and it is often draining. As I reflect more, it felt that I've been living one day after another with just enough faith and I always deplete it by the end of the day. I seek God but didn't seek enough to get excess faith to grow. Yes, I'm not that strong - without God's power and grace to pull me through, I won't be able to juggle everything like now.

I know it's time for me to seek more fervently and grow.

The devotion plans and sharing from/with my girlfriends have been so helpful that I wish that I can remember them better by writing them down in a post. Below, I summarised the "7 things the Bible says about Parenting" from YouVersion but I encourage you to go through the full devotion plan as I only capture my personal learning points. It also helps to take time to think and pray about them. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

15 moments of our Covid-19 Circuit Breaker

Everyone go through Circuit Breaker in different way - harder for some than others. The hardest would be those who risk their health and still doing their best to fight the Covid-19. There are also many frontliners who continue to work to ensure that our daily life goes smoothly. Thank you for all your contribution!

We are blessed to be able to stay home during this extraordinary period safely. We would have stayed home 24/7 for 10 weeks by the time the girls return to schools. Everyday is different. There are many good days but there are also bad days with more scolding and tears. There was even a day I declare a day off because I needed that break and space. Nonetheless, I'm most thankful for the extended time with the family. And so, here's 15 moments of our Circuit Breaker for us to look back next time!

15 moments of our Circuit Breaker


1. Chicken pox


Our circuit breaker started a week earlier because of Emmalyn's chicken pox. Thankfully, I was already able to work from home by then and didn't had to exhaust my vacation leaves. Several weeks went by and Avalyn decided to have spots around her body and arms. By then we were still in the midst of Circuit Breaker so we didn't know to consult any doctor. Avalyn was still cheery and did not have fever or much discomfort. Thus, we just follow the tradition - avoid chicken, eggs and dark sauce. She recovered in a week or so. All in all, I'm really thankful that both happened during this crazy time else I would need to take almost a month leave to keep them at home considering the incubation period. Apart from them, we are all strong and healthy! Thank God!



2. Cooking marathon


At the start of the year, I decided to carry on my "cook twice a week" resolution. I didn't dare to set a higher goal even though I did well last year. But guess, God has a greater plan. For the last 2 months, I've been cooking twice a day on most day. It's such a rare opportunity to be able to cook so much and I enjoyed cooking. However, there are also days where I just skip cooking as I'm just tired and overwhelmed with work & housework (I miss having part time cleaning help) .


I'm still not a master chef but definitely getting better at cooking a number of simple dishes. Besides learning how to cook better, I've learnt alot about planning, preparation and online grocery shopping during this cooking marathon. I had 3 kitchen accidents and even had 2 battle scars on my left arm. Thank God, the burn at my nose healed pretty well.



3. Work from home


Like many, working from home with children is a total new thing for me. I've done it when the girls were sick but those were just few days long. I'm thankful for an understanding boss who knows how challenging WFH can be with young children. Hubby takes alot of online meetings so I'm often the one handling the girls. Honestly, it's hard to work that same 8.5 full hours like normal. In addition to working in pockets of hours while entertaining to the needs of the children and family, I work at night after I put the girls to bed. It's more productive than me trying to complete my work in the day. Despite the exhaustion, I'm actually more thankful than everything else to be able to work in such arrangement without stressing myself too much.



4. Home-based learning


This is yet other new thing that we had to cope with. I enjoy teaching and learning with Emmalyn. However, it's a challenge because of work, Avalyn and cooking. Avalyn isn't someone who likes to sit at the dining table and do her work long. Thus, we can't do HBL without any distraction. Nonetheless, I'm glad that we managed to do majority of the school work with some rewards in terms of TV and candies. Thankfully, school holidays were brought forward by a month and we could take a break from HBL. During this Curcuit Breaker period, she's blessed to have online lessons with Aureus Academy for drum, Fun with Abacus, The Swimming Room for exercise, ballet and her Student Care to keep the days really enriching.

As for Avalyn, I'm thankful that she didn't have any proper HBL. Her school gave some suggested activities but I totally neglected them. Her HBL comes in the form of potty training, speech and drama, lego building and character building.



5. Lego and Play


We had a few small boxes of lego and a big container of duplos which had been put aside for a while until some 8 weeks ago. The girls play with them along with other toys like Sylvanian families, barbie dolls, soft toys, kitchen sets. They do role play and lots of random things together. I saw their interest and bought a small frozen lego set as a reward for them. Their uncle also bought one for them. We can't resist to get more sets for Avalyn's birthday. Their interest just kept growing and growing. They even picked lego making youtube clips for their TV time. During the last few weeks, they started to play lego for hours pretty much by themselves and it gave us more room for work. And lego would be the only toys they play. I love how lego activates their focus, creativity, problem solving skill, social skill and even speech. They role play and tell their own stories. They negotiate and fight for characters and bricks especially when they are hungry. Thankfully, they played well 80% of the time. I'm extremely thank God that they have each other accompany during this long stay home period.



And, I need to pen this joke by our little lego fan.

Me: Emmalyn, later you will be having character building class (by her student care)
Avalyn: Lego?
She thought her big sister was going to learn how to build more lego characters

6. TV and family show


We were the family who only watch TV on weekends but had to give more TV time than I like to during the Circuit Breaker. I didn't like the feeling of having to let the TV babysit them when we work and I really feel bad about it. But my dearest Hubby thinks that watching TV is childhood. That's kind of true too. Now, I kind of accept the fact that they get their daily dose 2-3 hours of TV over 2 stretch as a reward and break for them. I'm glad that their recent choice of shows are lego building youtube clips that teach that alot. Besides their regular TV time, we also catch shows together a family on the weekends! And, the girls are always very excited about it!



7. Crafting


We did a fair amount of painting, drawing and crafting during Circuit Breaker. I really enjoy crafting all sorts of things as it's so therapeutic. But, not enough! Wish we can do more!




8. Outdoor play


Thankfully, the girls aren't that super outdoor kind and are fine to stay at indoor the whole day. When they feel like they needed some breather, we will let them scoot around, play with water or just run around. Our highlight got water play at our inflatable pool as the girls miss the pool so much!




9. Music


I believe we are the most noisy unit on our floor as music makes us happy. Sorry neighbours! Hubby practises drum with Emmalyn every other day. He also practises drum himself and ukelele. He don't have any background but is surprisingly picking them up well. I'm glad that he's setting a good example for the girls and this motivates Emmalyn alot. Besides, it sometimes that I can't guide Emmalyn at all. Avalyn and I just sing and dance along!


10. Celebrations


We had celebration after celebration during this Circuit Breaker - my birthday, mother's day and Avalyn's birthday! These occasions certainly brightened our days and I'm thankful to still be able to celebrate in our own unique way. We had an out-of-the box celebration with a magic show with Mr Bottle over zoom.



11. Church and Quiet Time


I miss attending service and fellowship at church. It's really different from attending service and Sunday school online. So far, we only have service for the adults but we are starting online children sunday school this Sunday.

During this stay home period, we sang more worship songs together. We pray together as a family before bed as usual. I managed to go through a week of bible lessons with them before Good Friday. But, I couldn't continue with the HBL and work commitment. We eventually started on reading the children bible every night and also get to talk more about our faith.

Apart from helping the children to be stronger in their faith, I'm also more committed to have daily quiet time in the morning. I used to do my reading in the morning before work and on commute but during the initial stay home period, I often pushed it till late at night and sometimes skipped it. I decided that it's not unhealthy and grabbed a few sisters to try doing virtual quiet time for support.

12. Sweet Treats


I must say, the next thing I needed most apart from coffee is all the sweet treats. We definitely rewarded ourselves with more ice cream and cakes than usual. I avoided alot of unhealthy snacks as I'm worried that the girls will fall sick from them. But, I did use vitamins gummies, jellies and candies to bribe them from time to time. We all need that dose of sugars to keep us going!



13. Family & Friends


We are so blessed many gifts from family and friends. Thank you once again! Thanks to technology, I'm able to stay much connected with many of them. So happy to be able to catch up with some of them till late night. I really need to talk to people other than those at home and work. I'm really missing all the gatherings and meals together! Can't wait to meet them all!

14. Online shopping


I've never shopped so much online before! It's for necessities as well as sanity. We were determined to stay home throughout the period, so we get everything - food, groceries, kids stuff, random stuff all online.

15. Self care


We put the girls to bed before 8pm on most day so this gives us some peaceful moments after they go to bed. I always struggle to keep myself awake when I put them to bed until I started taking 2nd cup of coffee in the evening. With the extra hours at night, I took this opportunity to step up on skin care and watch netflix while washing dishes! I also recently started exercising. It took my knees 3 long months to recover from pain and I'm glad that the pain is finally gone! I'm taking baby steps and just doing 7 mins workout everyday. My back hurts so much from working at the dining table and it helps to be able to exercise! It's easy to neglect myself and be consume by mummies' duties. I'm still learning that balance and there are so much for me to work on.

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No doubt, it has been tiring; sometimes frustrating and stressful. But, I'm so thankful for more time to learn, laugh, play and stay safe together as a family. As a working mother, it is what I dream for and I cherish this period. I'm thankful that the sisters have each other to accompany each other despite the daily squabbles. I thank God for his protection and helping our family to pull through every day. I'm thankful that Hubby and I have been supporting each other well during this period.


We are now at post Circuit Breaker Phase 1 and the girls will be returning to school next week. But, it still looks like there is still a long way to go. Let's choose LOVE, choose JOY, choose PEACE and choose HOPE! Let's do our part and continue to pray hard that this Covid-19 outbreak will be over soon! 💪🏻