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Highlights of September 2014

Tiger girl with her My Little Pony playset
Tiger girl with her My Little Pony playset

September was a celebration month for Tiger girl as she celebrated her 4th birthday. My little girl is growing up and will be in Kindergarten soon.  It has been lots of fun and play this month for her as she received so many new toys for her birthday from  the family and friends.

Here are 10 fun things that happened this September for us.

The beach at Angsana Bintan Resort in Bintan, Indonesia
The beach at Angsana Bintan Resort in Bintan, Indonesia

1. We had a weekend of fun for everyone at Bintan. It was the first time that we visited that Indonesian island and the kids were thrilled with the activities that the resort had planned for them. They didn’t want the day to end!!( Blog more about it in an upcoming post)

On the ATV and Jet Ski
On the ATV and Jet Ski

2. It has been an extremely long time since R and I were able to sport activities as a couple. It was great that the kids were occupied at kids club and the adventure camp that weekend so we could go off and try out the jet ski and  ATV. It was the first time that I  tried out handling the jet ski . I was rather nervous initially as  there isn’t any brake on the jet ski and the speed was controlled by squeezing on the throttle instead. It took some time getting use to the machine and after 3 or 4 rounds I was brave enough to travel much faster on the jet ski across the water.   We tried out the ATV after jet skiing and listening to the instructions on how to operate that machine was mind boggling to me. In the end I took the easier option of riding as a passenger instead while R took control of the vehicle.

 

Tiger girl with her playsets
Tiger girl with her playsets

3. Tiger girl had her wish come true when she was given two my little pony play sets for her birthday. Her brothers gave her the Canterlot Castle while Hasbro sponsored her a Princess Twilight Sparkle Rainbow Kingdom Set. She can spend hours playing with them at home.

 

Tiger girl and me
Tiger girl and me

4. Focusing on goals and seeing them through is what I have been doing the past month as I realign my plans and assess how certain procedures that I have put in place have been fairing. There is still 3 more months till the end of 2014 and enough time to buck up on areas which have yet to meet my expectations.

 

A present given by granny to Tiger girl for her birthday
A  Hello Kitty Car  given by granny to Tiger girl for her birthday

5. We have been travelling a lot these few years and this year alone we have been to Hong Kong , China and Indonesia so far.  The kids and me really enjoy visiting new places and soaking in the different experiences that are unique to the countries we visit.  (The kids don’t know it yet but I’m planning for another trip for them in the upcoming Nov/Dec school holidays. )

 

Homemade Strawberry Soya Milk
Homemade Strawberry Soya Milk

6.  Serving healthy food and drinks to the kids has always been my priority. These few months I’ve started to make homemade soya milk  for the kids to drink as it’s certainly healthier and also cheaper.

Homemade carrot soup, garlic bread and chicken salad
Homemade carrot soup, garlic bread and chicken salad

7. If you are wondering what we serve for dinner at home here is a sneak peak into my kitchen. I give the kids lots of greens and a variety of foods at each meal as I love a lot of color in my food.

Orange salad and breaded chicken
Orange salad and breaded chicken

8. Besides focusing on filling them up with food I am also taking note that they do sufficient exercise.  Mama Yoga and the  Story of Namaste is a children’s book which I recently read to the kids about how they could incorporate Yoga into their daily exercise routine. They had lots of fun trying out the different poses that they were shown in the book.

 

Saw this on my facebook feed this week.
A Inspirational Quote I saw on my face book feed.

9. Quotations can really be very powerful and the above quote inspired me to write a post on how I picture life so far and how it has been for me living out the quote – There is no need to have it all..Make the best of all you have. 

10. I  finally managed to complete the post – You and Me Equals Us – Love (Part 2) where I share my thoughts on friendship and kinship.

How was your September for you?

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You and Me Equals US- Love (Part 2)

Friendship
Friendship

Love- A complicated feeling that we have that can take on many different meanings. It is a word that is often overused or generalized.

-I Love You (English)

– Saranghae사랑해 (Korean)

-  我爱你(Mandarin)

– 愛しています(Aishitaru)

These are some common expressions of expressing love in the different languages which I come into contact frequently.  A three word sentence which can propel you to the moon and back.

Words that make one feel wanted and cherished. Words that show appreciated for being  who you are and being part of the other person’s life.

We do not live in a vacuum or bubble. That only occurs in a Science Fiction movie. Even though it is almost possible to do virtually everything online, we still need to interact with others in our daily lives. Nobody is an island and we are interdependent on each other for our survival.

We need others for emotional and mental support.   Having them around makes it easier to endure all the obstacles and troubles that we have to go through in life.

In the previous post on romantic love  I shared how it was with R now and how we are both working on understanding each other better. In this post I’ll be sharing my thoughts on friendship and kinship.

With my BFF Winnie
With my BFF Winnie

Blood is Thicker then Water? Is this really the case?

Kinship vs Friendship.  Which one can stand the test of time?

These are some of the questions which have on my mind lately. There is no absolute answer to the above questions as perceptions on  Kinship and Friendship differs from person to person.

Loyalty and betrayal are both present in both types of relationships. It all boils down to the individual character of the person.

A person’s trustworthiness and integrity speaks  volumes and also determines whether you should still have a relationship with him or break all ties.

It is said that only in your time of need will you know who is actually at your side and who was only just making use of you.

I’ve been through a period of timing finding myself and seeking to understand myself and what I seek in a friend and/ or a  kin while noting what is expected of me being a friend and/or a kin.

We hope to reap what we have invested in a relationship however things are not as clear cut when it comes to emotional ties.

Traditionally it is believed that ties from kinship are supposed to run deep and stand the test of time.  The expectations are there higher between family and relatives as compared to friends.

It is commonly assumed  that family would always there for you and it may not be true in certain circumstances and in the  end  they are the ones that hurt you the most.  I have been played out by both friends and family and have since grown wiser in my choices.

I would rather have one loyal friend then to have a den of backbiting relatives who can’t wait to devour you like a pack of hungry wolves.

I personally take quite a while to warm up and make friends. I’m rather introvert by nature and find it awkward being at a party and having to make small talk with strangers.  I’m more of a listener then one who actively speaks out at engagements.

I feel uncomfortable communicating in a big group and rather be out on 1-1 or 1-2 outings.  However if there is a need to do presentations of speak to a big group of people I will do my part.

I believe in being there for my friends and assisting them to the best of my ability and I sincerely hope that they do appreciate my efforts.

I’m blessed to have both good friends and also close relatives which I share my thoughts , worries and dreams with.  I treasure my relationships with them and make effort to keep in constant contact with them so they will always be part of my life and while I am a part of theirs.

What are your thoughts on Friendship
and/or  Kinship? 

Post in this series

1)  You and Me Equals US ( An Introduction)

2) You and Me- Where Do We Begin?

3)You and Me- Love (Part One)

4) You and Me- Love (Part Two)