Some companies give a 5-year appreciation service award. This year marks my 5th year as a mother. Instead of feeling appreciated, I felt a little lost. Somehow I felt as though I was only a 'mother', and I didn't want to be just a 'mother'. That was not my life dream, that was not all I wanted to be when I grew up and I've forgotten the real me. 

Most people who become parents like to talk about how their lifestyle has changed rather than how it has changed them as a person. So I got caught up with all the dos and don'ts, haves and have nots, wants and needs, yes and nos, good and bad, right and wrong, and I've forgotten, my intrinsic self. 

I did some soul searching, countless conversations with my husband and asking God all the time, who am I. I know I've definitely changed as a person, after becoming a mother. My perspective about work changed, I don't feel so stressed about it anymore. I've also become more empathic towards others. And I've thrown all my schedules and organisers out of the window. 

But I was still feeling frustrated with my children, frustrated with myself. Am I all there is to be, just a 'mother'? And then one day, the word "LOVE" just flashed in front of me. And I could hear ever so clearly from my Father's heart - You are abundantly loved, so love yourself and just love your family and those in need as yourself. 

I finally got the answer and I wrote out my personal mission so that hopefully I won't lose my way again *fingers crossed* 

And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." - Matthew 3:17

Now whenever I ask Noelle about who the girl in the photo is, she says very confidently, "Me!" Yes, I am me, His beloved daughter. Who is the real you? And what is your personal mission? 



It's t-shirt stock taking time! I've these 2 t-shirts that I've had since like when I first started work. It was the era when Giordano was still fashionable and affordable. I've been keeping them hoping that I could still fit in them but if the t-shirts have been around for 10 years. I think it was time to let them go. 

But I couldn't. Those t-shirts are so comfortable and still in good condition so I made them into toddler dresses for Noe. The feedback was they look like pyjamas or nightgowns. Of course my biggest fan is the girl herself. She really loves the heart and star, and she's so comfortable in them. 

diy t-shirt toddler dresses

I'm posting this not because I want to show off my sewing skills. These dresses are totally only meant to appear in the home or for a short walkabout in the neighbourhood because the stitches are uh... let's just say I'm really still an amateur seamstress :P  

I hope to encourage everyone to think twice before buying, think twice before throwing and try to recycle more to reduce our carbon footprint. There is much fun and meaning in recycling than buying sometimes as well :) 

If you're interested in this DIY project, do check out the tutorials below that helped me a lot! 





I've many aches and pains and if my mother knew about them, she would definitely say, "I told you so." Yes mummy, you did tell me but I totally ignored the nagging and the advice.  I believe most of the aches and pains were from improper care of injuries that I've gotten when I was a teen. I was young, ignorant and thought I was invincible (as do all teenagers think so).

One of my new year resolution, was to get my health and fitness back in shape. I started going for weekly Pilates but know so well that it is not enough but the flesh is so weak in exercising more than once a week. 

My mother recently called me and said this to me out of the blue: 

Do you know why I'm still quite healthy? It is because when I was bringing you all up, I used to exercise everyday. There was this national exercise programme on television and I followed it. I can't remember what is the name of the programme... Everyday we have to exercise even if it's just 15 minutes, and we have to walk a lot.  

Yes, my mother loves to walk and she walks lightning fast, faster than my normal pace of walking. I do vaguely have memories of her hopping up and down on the spot, doing some jumping jacks and swinging her arms. As to the national exercise programme, I've no idea. 

And yes mummy, I am trying to get my butt off the couch to exercise. 


So after all the effort into the DIY Magnetic and Chalkboard Wall, I went a little mad with all the activities related to it... I just had to make my money and time worth :) 

chalk and magnetic fun

(in order from top left to right)


The alphabet letters are worth investing in! We were very blessed as both sets were given as gifts. Perhaps note them down on your gift wishlist for your kids' birthday :) 


Nat has difficulty in recognising alphabets like 'b', 'd', 'p'. So I thought this would help him get it right. 


He is way too old for colour sorting so this was just for fun and for him to know he is a big boy already. I gave him a time limit and also made it into a competition - fastest sorting wins! 


This is the seemingly simplest activity but the most fun of all! I  randomly shout out alphabet and he has to find it among the sea of alphabets. After that we level up with math - addition and subtraction and he has to find the answer among all the numbers. 


If you need some time for independent play, this is the best activity. Just draw the rainbow with chalk and then let them sort the coloured alphabets according to the rainbow. Nat learnt spatial skills as well, arranging the magnets neatly and spacing them out properly. 


Nat isn't the kind who will sit down at the table, oh but then again most preschoolers don't really like to do that right? :P I form the words for him, get him to read and then write them out. He was so excited, we did it 2 days in a row. 

And if you thought there was a lot of clean up, actually I just used wet cloth. The chalkdust doesn't really fly around much, it just falls at the bottom of the wall. The kids love to clean up with the wet cloth too, sometimes I give them a wet paintbrush to 'paint' away all the chalk :) 


I'm currently selling some cards/notebooks designed from Nat's doodles. They're available here at COLOUR ME. The cards hope to inspire you to colour and doodle. All proceeds go to charity :) 

 “Art washes away from the soul the dusts of everyday life” – Pablo Picasso

Where do I find the time to colour and doodle? I'm not a professional artist and I'm not seeking to be one. My doodles are simple and in that short 30 minutes it does wonders - the process gives me rest that refreshes and it gives me joy that uplifts. 

Here is one of the cards Nat designed, which I coloured and doodled on. I call it "Be true to your heart". Simply because there are so many voices out there, so much information to digest and so many choices available. That's my life motto now.

Have you tried colouring and doodling? Perhaps it's time to slow down a little, to discover something new about yourself or just to ventilate something that's bugging you for a long time :)

Reference: http://illustrationfriday.com/2015/03/3-reasons-why-making-art-is-good-for-you/