Saturday, July 19, 2014

The men whom have coloured my life

There are 3 art files on the bookshelf that are very precious to me. 

When I was in the secondary school, my dad would buy me issues of "The Art of Drawing and Painting" each week, and I managed to collect 72 issues! 

My dad supported my hobby not only through buying me art stuff, but also constantly sending my paintings for framing. He even handmade a wooden palette for me!

My dad has given me a wonderful and colourful childhood, and that carries into my adulthood...he has coloured my life with his love!

This Rowney watercolour set was a gift from my boyfriend about 20 years ago. 

That boyfriend of mine became the father of my children, so I used that watercolour set to paint our 3 children's portraits.

Our elder girl who was once punished by me for doodling on the wall when she was a toddler, has grown up to be an art lover, so I passed that gift to her.

It is pretty amazing how lasting that watercolour set is! (It was also because I treasured it very much and used it sparingly all these while)

Through it, I've witnessed how a wonderful man has coloured the life of his girlfriend, wife and daughter.

I am thankful to have these 2 wonderful men in my life.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy One Year "Maidless" Anniversary!

This month marks my family's One Year Maidless Anniversary.

To celebrate this small "victory" of me surviving a year without a maid yet didn't go mad (in fact living happier with new found freedom & decided to make it a lifestyle choice), I designed a simple infographic to record how the gadgets and machines have replaced my maid (of course I have to acknowledge the contribution from my hubby & kids + part time domestic helpers who come in once a week)

I am so thankful for technologies. My hubby calls it "Automaidtion".

Long life all great inventors out there!!! guess I can live longer too)

In fact, in order to fit the dishwasher into my kitchen, my hubby and I decided to renovate the kitchen and utilize the extra 5 feet of land. Some may thought we were crazy because there's no maid to help cleaning up the house during the renovation period.

My old kitchen.. or maid's kitchen
Somehow it is a blessing in disguise that my ex-maid cheated on me and never returned from the Philippines.

Times flies...those days of playing "MASAK-MASAK" are over and now my kids are cooking REAL food. Last time the maid refused to let them "buat kacau" inside her kitchen. Now I give them total freedom to cook & experiment with food. In life, what's more important is passion and the willingness to try.
We got crazier... in the middle of the kitchen renovation, we decided to renovate the maid room cum piano room as well. Below was the result...

Instead of paying thousands to custom made a book shelf, we used back our old white Billy bookcase from Ikea 
and added some new ones. It saves us lots of money :-)

I somehow thank my ex-maid for not coming back... it is a Blessing In Disguise indeed. If not we would not have the chance to enjoy what we are enjoying now. 

Nothing is better than being self-reliant and not having a stranger at home.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

So near yet so far...

Once a senior couple told me that their daughter who migrated to Australia was uncontactable for 2 weeks.They were worried sick & constantly feared for her safety. When they finally got hold of her, their adult daughter told them she was too tied up with her work. 

I remember when I was having a family vacation in Bali a few years ago, I received a surprise call from my dad and he simply asked me how's my holiday and I said it was great. Only later I realised he saw the news about earthquake in Bali. I feel bad to know that while I was having a great time, he was in fact worrying the whole time.

Being parents, we don't have a radar to monitor our children's every move (they can decide to keep their phones in silent mode). But it is the children's responsibility to be contactable at all time, for parent's peace of mind.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Being young & sentimental (in the era of typewriter)

Year 1990...when I was young & the era of typewriter.

Pre Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign. 
Post a broken relationship.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Watercolour Portrait of My Little Girl

I did watercolour portraits of my son & daughter in 1999 & 2001 respectively, when both were 2 years old. The portraits were framed next to photos taken by their daddy (really have to thank my dear hubby for capturing countless beautiful moments throughout the years). 



Allocated a space for my youngest daughter's portrait but it is still empty

My elder kids' friends noticed the portraits on the wall. Some even asked them: "Why there's no portrait of your little sister?"

Well...I was really guilty as I kept telling my little girl that I would do one for her too. But the longer I delayed, the less confident I became since I hardly paint nowadays. 

However, last weekend I decided to pick up my paintbrush again for this long overdue project...

 It took me 3 days to work on it...including tracing & sketching to study her features

And I am truly glad that I have finally fulfilled my promise to my little girl!!! 

My hubby bought me this Rowney watercolour set from UK before we got married. Unbelievable that it is still in such a good condition!

Can't believe 12 years have passed since I last painted my children's portrait! How time flies and my 3 kids are growing up right before my eyes!!!

These portraits will be given to them on their wedding days.
It is a gift of love for them to treasure & cherish for a long long time.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Friends Forever

During our CNY 2013 old friends gathering, these 3 cool boys were game enough to retake a childhood photo (maybe after seeing their daddies and mommies crazily happy retaking some old photos too)

Too bad we couldn't find the same brand of packet drink, if not we parents may be able to make a small fortune by selling the images to that beverage company with a tagline "Smart kids grow up with (brand name)"

Hey, or perhaps we can sell it to its competitors with another tagline "Smart (& rebellious) teenagers know what is best for themselves"

How time flies! Glad to see these boys growing into fine young men. Very soon they will be in college. As they're growing up, we're growing old. Nothing is more important than to treasure the time together.

My BFF since primary school. It sure takes a long time to grow an old friend who knows the song in my heart and sings back to me when i have forgotten the words.

We share the same wish ... we hope that our precious friendship will carry on to the next generation...and the next...and the next...

That's our definition of FRIENDS FOREVER.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Blog & Facebook (Post Maid Era)

How time flies, I have not been updating my blog for a few months...again.

Apart from busy juggling housework and office work, my absence from Blog was also due to Facebook. I come to realise I treat blogging like essay writing which requires more time & effort, as compared to my posts in Facebook which are usually much shorter. 

However, I love what I have recorded in my Blog all these years. Reading through those old postings, I realised how time flies and my kids had really grown up a lot. There are many sweet memories which are so precious to me. Who knows, maybe one day they'll treat my blog as a "time machine" for them to cherish their childhood?!

Hence, I decided that I must "activate" it again and continue to record moments worth remembering. I extracted some of my recent Facebook postings below which reflect my family's "Post Maid Era":


Knowing that I am without a maid now, my kind neighbour will help to push in my laundry rack when it is about to rain. There were a few times I thought all my efforts were wasted & my clean laundry would be soaked in rain, I happily found them dry under the shade of the car porch when i arrived home. 

I'm blessed with great neighbours. Can't agree more with the Chinese sayings: 遠親不如近鄰 (Good neighbour is better than a distant kin).

Ever since there's no more kakak/maid, it is my son's duty to water the plants. Nowadays he sure appreciates mother nature more.

Don't get me wrong. I don't mean he starts to have an interest in flowers and plants. In fact, I have to remind him to water the plant most of the time. He APPRECIATES NATURE in the sense that when it RAINS, he can SKIP WATERING the plants!

從前有女傭 :穿衣、換衣
如今沒了女傭 :穿衣、換衣、洗衣、曬衣、收衣、折衣、燙衣 
突然對每一件穿在身上的衣服多了一份珍惜 。

For the past 14 years (with maid), I'd taken what I was wearing for granted. It was as easy as taking a cloth out from the closet, wore for a few hours and threw it into the laundry basket.

After I was left without a maid, to get a clean cloth means I need to hand wash or put it inside a washing machine, hang & later take it down from the cloth rack, fold or iron before I can put it on. What a lengthy process!

One day, I shall look back and smile at how I had survived my post maid era :-)