Monthly Highlights

Highlights of April 2015

A roadside purple bloom

A roadside purple bloom

April has been a really happy month for me. I recently returned from my 2nd couple trip this year.  I’ve been working hard  on focusing on my marriage and carving out time from our busy schedules to spend quality time with each other.

R and me at a Tea Making Workshop

R and me at a Tea Making Workshop

During my 4 day trip we visited many different places and attended two workshops.  In one of the workshops we attended we had the opportunity  to learn the history behind the traditional Hakka Thunder Tea (擂茶)  and were shown how to make it.  It was made using green tea leaves, black sesame, peanuts and puffed rice. We had the option of adding in raw sugar if we wanted it sweeter but I gave it a miss.  I also had my first encounter with fireflies and it was really a magical site. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture the sight on camera as the fireflies are very sensitive to light and may get traumatized by the camera flash so we were not allowed to bring along any cameras or hand phones.

A dark pink rose

A dark pink rose

I shared more pictures of my previous trip to Taiwan where I saw really lovely roses  at a Rose Exhibition that we went to. It was  a treat to see so many different varieties of roses in a garden and I took hundreds of pictures that day.

Rock formation at Herping Island Park

Rock formation at Herping Island Park

Pictures to the seaside at Herping Island Park were also shared as each time I go on a holiday I try to visit different places of nature.

A Lantern display featuring sheep

A Lantern display featuring sheep

It was a visual treat for me when I visited the Yuanshan Flower Expo Park as there was a Lantern Festival on during the trip in Feburary.

Baked eggplant and homemade bread with bacon

Baked eggplant and homemade bread with bacon

If you were wondering what I’ve been cooking lately wonder no more as I  featured what yummy foods  that I have been eating lately.

embracing motherhood

The blog train that I hosted on Embracing Motherhood  came to an end with my own piece on motherhood where I shared  what motherhood means to me and what I have learned so far being a mother of 3.

I also shared two books which I have reviewed

Always there Bear ( for kids 3-6 yr old) 

Parenting with Presence 

Tiger girl shopping for shoes

Tiger girl shopping for shoes

April ended on a high note for me as Tiger girl and I got  invited down to Pazzion to pick out a few pairs of shoes for  Mother’s Day as an early Mother’s Day treat for me.

How was April for you?

 

Highlights of March 2015

Waterfalls at Tao Yuan Hsien Valley

Waterfalls at Tao Yuan Hsien Valley

March was a really reflective month for me. It was the month where I did a mini assessment of how far I have come along in  keeping to the  resolutions  that I’ve set in the beginning of the year.

I’ve managed to keep on track with most of my goals except for the one to spend more time on learning French and Japanese. I really need to set aside time to actively revise/ practice these languages or I will never get started on it!! 頑張って/ Bonne Chance

Red tulip

Red tulip

I’ve share more pictures of Tulips  which I took in February and STILL have lots more photos of flowers yet to share here on this blog.

Dark maroon tulips

Dark maroon tulips

Don’t the tulips look lovely?

Waterfall at Shi Fen

Waterfall at Shi Fen

Besides sharing pictures of tulips I also showcases what I captured when we visited the waterfall at Shi Fen in Taipei.

The kids and me

The kids and me

The kids had their 1 week term break and we had fun together. We watched two movies with friends – Shaun the Sheep and Ah Boys to Men 3 : Frogman. We also made a trip to the airport to view the  exhibit that they had on New Zealand 

The kids enjoyed themselves with the longer play time and more outings.  It was more tiring for me as we were going out almost everyday and I didn’t really have much time for myself.

embracing motherhood

March was also a month that  the blog train on Embracing Motherhood  started. There are 25 other mummy bloggers on this train with me who will be sharing their stories of motherhood from March till April.  I will be rounding up this blog train on the  6th April with my own sharing on motherhood. Do check back then to read about my journey.

Bridging the gap

I started a new series here on the blog this month called Bridging the gap.  In this series I will be expanding on the changes that my kids face when they move from one level to another at the start of  the new school year. ( P4 to P5,  P2 to P3 and N2 to K1). I’ve talked about the GAP between P4 and P5 Chinese  and will be moving on to identifying the GAPS in English, Maths and Science in subsequent posts in the series.

 

Poster on Life

Poster on Life

Life certainly does have a lot of challenges  that one needs to embrace. It is never easy but something that we do to survive. I shared about what challenges that I am currently facing and what  I am doing to face them.

How was March for you?

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