Friday, September 15, 2017

our forever honeymoon!

back when we first got married and sad that we were going back to work after our honeymoon, the ONLY way to undo the funk was to make promises that we would honeymoon every year we were married...

and so far we've been keeping up with it! :) one trip we abandon the kid, do not much, try not to talk about above mentioned kid much and just spend time together. 

a sneak peek of my date from my kayak!! :)

super excited to be heading to germany this weekend. i've never been to germany nor do i know very much but so far we've only got beer recommendations and a shopping list from our pals! and a ticket to run berlin marathon (so much for not doing much, eh?) that aside, we're going to have such a fabulous time!! 

will check in from germany again!! seeya later folks! 

also, happy birthday to my dear baby brother! i give you a gift of your nephew for TWO WEEKS! hahahaha!! love you! we'll celebrate when we return!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

a wellness retreat (disguised girlie getaway...)

earlier in the year, i tagged along deaf's work thingmajig to phuket for a wellness retreat at amanpuri! just a couple days and when tossing between bringing the boys (little ones), we were hmmed and ahhh for a long while. while manageable, it was just going to be a different type of vacation with two in tow! so in the end, we made the best decision ever.. 

just us (sorry boys!)!

it was great! we got to chill out load, ate really random meals (delinquents.. didn't quite follow their healthy recommendations.) but everything was so perfect and delicious. how could anyone just drink juice!! i read a bit, swam a bit, did loads of yoga and massages and was the perfect getaway! totally needed a break!

also interestingly enough, was introduced to basics of meditation. it was very inspiring (my thoughts are still a little raw and flighty at the moment) but definitely felt a lot happier coming back. till today, whenever i get into my aggro city mode, D would remind me to go read my meditation notes. hah!

thanks for taking me along, babes! :) always a fabulous time with you! 

p.s. not the best picture but so so happy at this point!

p.p.s. also grateful for all those that held down the fort back home! you guys did so brilliantly, we should do this more often, eh?


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

oh silly franks...

dear frankie,

how special are you bubba! you're so silly and so stubborn. so quiet and so afraid of every damn thing. but somehow you've really snuck into everyone's heart. 

recently i was juggling everything. had some party food in hand, heels, a kid that was ready long ago and waiting by the lift (ie. he got dress, walked out of the door, gave up on his mom and is waiting by the lift as a statement that i'm taking too long) and i was trying to put you into your little hiding spot. 

so i yelled "blakie!" instinctively. wrong kid but i heard you scurrying into the kitchen but stopped midway. and then "muumuu!" next kid in line. also wrong kid. and no movement. distracted texting my ride and realizing my error, i then went to "FRANKSSSSSS...." then you scurried in with zero drama. aren't you the silliest!? 

is this your way of telling me that you're not as silly as we think? there is something happening between those two perky ears? oh we love you so sillybeans! 

p.s. apologies for these weird ponytails and manbuns. we're snipping B's off in october! you won't have to wear them too when he's done. 


Tuesday, September 12, 2017


this morning i woke up and for once in a long while, i wanted to visit this space. that used to be my daily hide-out and in many years of our lives, was my gateway to the world and pal. but i've kinda drifted away and back occasionally. 

not sure if i would ever catch up chronologically or just be a little like the thoughts in my brain, flipping from tab to tab but since i felt like it, i thought i should have a chat about something that's been on my mind for a while - gratitude. 

while its easy for adults to realize how hard we've worked to get where we are. and how darn lucky we are to live what we live. i find it harder to teach a child born into all these about gratitude. just to preface things, we are not fancy or extravagant by any means. but we do take nice breaks regularly and are greedy and often need (icecream) treats to round off the day and spontaneous date nights with friends ... and to us the luxury to be able to round up the kiddies (fur ones too) at the end of a random week night, pick up fish and chips and head to the beach when its dead empty. the luxury of time. space. health and love from the people we love. that is all. 

but our child. all of 4 year old... he doesn't know that these friends he grow up with are the best you can find. and we will hold on for life. and we've met so many along the way not worth our / his time. and these everyday places we frequent on the way home from school are the best ice cream parlors we can find in town. or the yummiest char kway teow in town! or that his mum didn't grow up eating sushi every week. and (even thought it feels like it) not everyday is "something fun" and no normal kids out there has a theme park membership and so much time to pop in on a regular day just for a few rollercoaster rides!! and my first visit to disneyland was at eleven and boy did i work hard for it. 

so its hard. you want to shower them with all that you have. you want their childhood to be filled with great days. and nothing days to be creative and paint naked on the balcony (even that is a luxury of time). and playground days. and days in your grandparents yard (also another big one.) but at the same time, you don't want to be a nag and have to say "do you know how darn lucky you are?".

how tricky. im sure i'll figure something out along the way.
in the meantime, if you can think of anything, i'll get you coffee and tell me all about it! 


Monday, June 19, 2017

bigger than your head, bubs!

they weren't kidding when they said it would be bigger than your head, huh! 

love exploring the hood with my folks and blake after church!!