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4 free and easy ideas to Seoul for young families

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Finally, finally, finally got my big fat butt moving on sharing about our trip to Seoul last year. After almost 6 months!

Reboot and Recharge - a 2018 reflection

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Both the man and I have the habit of having our fortunes (or prospects) read before we start a new year. Not that we are superstitious, nor do we believe everything we hear. However, we feel the reading  forms some guidance on how we will tackle the challenges that may come our way. As the age old saying goes, our destinies are in our own hands and knowing what may come, I believe, will help us make the decisions we deem fit and also prepare for any tough situations.  2018 was no different. We started the year with an indication that it is going to be a tough one. More so for me. I was warned that it will be a bumpy ride on the career front, and it sure was. I made the hard decision to let go of the job I grew to love a lot,  and have taken a lot of pride in. Every job comes with its fair share of trials and tribulations. This was my sweet spot. However, when situations such as being a new mother of 2 after 6 years of winging is as a FTWM (full time working mum) o

Family Fun in Tainan - Part 2

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We spent a fair bit of time at Tainan when we were there in 2015. And I am glad we did because it is such a culturally rich experience to be able to learn a little bit more about the history of this island country I have come to love. Part 1 of our holiday in Tainan is here , and since I am very very late in sharing our Tainan experience, I thought why not put together a montage of sorts! A teeny weeny bit of truth here is because I cannot remember a lot of the details now.

Floral Garage - Saying it with flowers

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Those who know me will agree that I enjoy gifting flowers to friends around me. In fact, I enjoy giving them much more than receiving them (although I will definitely not say no if you want to shower me with a lovely bouquet!). Some will say gifting flowers are a waste of money because flowers will eventually perish. But, I think during the moments they are in full bloom, they not only brighten up a room, but also have a lasting positive impact on one's mood. Nothing and no other gifts will have quite that same effect. Well, at least to me lah! So, in my usual fashion, I started looking for online shops to order flowers for J's teachers during his kindy graduation concert. I don't usually have a favourite florist and do find it a pleasure to search for new ones just to see what kinds of creations they can come up with. Floral Garage's name came up and I left everything for them to decide. All I did was just to tell them who I needed the flowers for and t

Family fun in Tainan - Part 1

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After all these years, Taiwan remains to be my favourite holiday destination for the family for many reasons, but most importantly, it is the warm hospitality of our regular drivers from Tour Taiwan . Since I am catching up with travel posts on the blog, let's go back 2.5 years to December 2015 when we were in Taiwan for the year end holidays. We flew into Kaohsiung as Scoot was having a fantastic promotion and we traveled from Kaohsiung to Tainan. In my opinion, Tainan has so much to offer being the first capital of Taiwan and certainly rich in history. Honestly, Tainan is very under-rated so I hope it doesn't lose its charm as more tourists set foot there. Now, let's take a look at some of the interesting places to visit in Tainan! Hujia Village A very interesting residential area in the western part of Tainan which exudes the old village charm, much like time stood still, except for the beautiful and colourful painted walls lining the streets. The v

Becoming mom. A second time round

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Little C turns 6 months old in 2 week’s time and it is perhaps a good time to talk a little about becoming mum, a second time around. The most frequent questions I get after giving birth were whether baby is easy to care for, if Little C is anything like Fighter J and if Little C feeds well, has a good latch etc. And very often, people will pepper their questions with a comment that I am not a first time mum and things should be manageable for me. Well, second time round doesn't mean things are easier because each child is different, whether in temperament or preferences. So, let's just say my experience becoming mum again is familiar yet new, at times strange. I was definitely more prepared in terms of what to expect. And, riding on my experience with J, I made my expectations of the people around me very clear, which means I made everyone play by my rules. Oh well, since I just went through 9 months carrying this kid, and a few hours delivering h

Caitlin's Birth Story

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C turned 2 months old last week and as cliche as it sounds, time really passes too quickly! I will be back at work very soon, and I don't even think I am ready. Anyway, before memories become a blur, here's number 2's birth story. C was born at exactly 37 weeks, 2 weeks earlier than the experience with J. However, it wasn't unexpected as she was in the "head down" position as early as the 25th week, and was almost fully engaged at our 35th week obgyn visit.