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Life’s Lessons

The past week was of great challenge. Hands down one of the top 5 hardest things I had to do in my life.

As with a lot of things in life, I have no control over how things pan out. But I do have control over how I can move on henceforth. I’m going to write it off as one of life’s hard lessons and try to remember the silver lining in every storm cloud. The harder the lesson, the more you learn from it.

I’m grateful for all the tremendous love shown around me and my husband, the kind, loving and gentle rock I have in my life.

Upward and Onwards!

Following the herd

Was having a semi serious conversation with the husband that went along these lines.

Him: Care less about what others think. You don’t have to justify your actions to anyone, the most important thing is to be happy doing what you want in life.

Me: *ponders* That’s true, does that mean I need to care less about what you want?

Him: Nope! Except me, you should definitely care about what I think.

That’s my new random goal of 2015. I need to care a little less about what others think and do the things that I find pleasurable with my life. I refuse to be apologetic for being lucky/privileged!

I’m sitting beside the window of my apartment watching the sunset and attempting to write a research proposal and the hubby is at the sofa working. Life has been really good to us. I wouldn’t wish for it to be another way.

Happy Saturday everyone! I need to go bang out some lines before meeting some friends for dinner!

Make everyday count! Before you know it, you’ll be old and wishing you followed your heart instead of letting familial/societal norms dictate what you should do with your life!




It has been a lovely visit back home for the last couple of days. I have spent quality time with family, friends and basked in the oppressive heat with fortitude; or as Kris says it – “like a trooper.” Singapore is for the most part, what I remembered it to be: awesome local food, (even) crazier crowds, columns and columns of skyscrapers and high-rise buildings. The familiarity of Singlish, the endless stream of conversations that flow as if I never left, and the recollection of shared memories of the yesteryears.


I feel very blessed to be pampered head to toe by my family and friends alike. From taking leave from work to spend time with me, to accommodating my food requests, treating me to meals, giving me a ride home, to making time for me and being genuinely happy to share a meal/conversation/cuppa coffee with me!


I cannot express how happy that makes me feel.


So excuse me while I take a hiatus from this space and enjoy some good old lovin’.

Achievement unlocked!

This week has been the best week of 2014!

I have not only, gotten all A’s for all my assignments in the language class I’m taking, but also have been accepted into a Masters Program in Educational Psychology. The former is worth mentioning because I took a college class partly to ‘switch on my engines’, in preparation for graduate studies. It’s swell that I’ve done well, because it gives me greater confidence in doing well for Graduate School.

I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity to return to school again. I aspire to do more with my life and I feel that this is taking a HUGE step in the right direction. Once again tho, I must remind myself that the journey is as important as the destination. While I want to graduate well academically, I must make sure that I fully enjoy and embrace the learning process.

I’m enjoying the lovely spring weather and looking forward to making a trip back home to my lovely country, Singapore. I miss my family and friends dearly and can’t wait to see them again! Oh, and all the super-yummy-drool-worthy-delicious Singaporean food!!!

I feel so happy that my chest is ballooning in happiness. I’m not sure if that even makes any sense to anyone. However, it does to me!

Special mention must be given to my sweetie pie hubby and all who love me, for their constant support!


This made me laugh today :)

“When I didn’t give some of my food to him, he threw his head backwards like a drama queen and refused to eat”

My sister, describing to me what my nephew did when he didn’t get a piece of food from the adults table.

Oh our little snugglebuns is getting so naughty! But also getting cuter and cuter every day! How is this possible! #Whatsorceryisthis!!!

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Project Grateful 365 (Day 196): Grateful for Gramma

Kris’s gramma is one of the first few family members of Kris’s that I met. I remember that he took me home in 2010 to met his family and then we drove up to Burlington to meet his gramma.

She’s really the sweetest old lady ever. I think we hit it off almost the second we met, although she could barely understand my thick Singaporean accent. (Proves my point that communication is 70% non verbal!). I can’t even put into words why I love her so much, but she’s just very very lovable. If I had to try, I think it would be because she accepted me into her quaint little apartment with so much love. She gave me a huge bear hug (not the uncomfortable types that you get from new people you just met) but a huge firm and ‘oh I’m really so glad to meet you’ type of hug. Back then I had only dated Kris for like a year, but she just so warmly welcomed me into her home, that I thought it was extremely, extremely sweet. We chatted for a while, brought her out for a fish sandwich and ice cream and she was just so happy and grateful even though it was a ratty old little place. After lunch, she told Kris, ‘I’m going for a little sleep, go buy Charlene something nice at the store.’ Which I guess, made me love her even more!

After we got married, I call her in the afternoon sometimes and she would ask me questions like, “Mrs Beevers, how do you like being a housewife and taking care of the house? Does Kristopher treat you well? I’m sure he does.” Somehow typing it out doesn’t quite bring out the adorable tone that she uses, but it will suffice for now.

For a host of reasons, we have been unable to visit her as often as we would like too. So today, I decided to do a little shopping and send her a little care package.

I got her a nice scarf for fall, some snuggly socks, a small packet of oatmeal shortbread cookies and a picture frame with the 3 of us sitting comfortably in her couch! I’m so excited to send off the package on Monday! It’s nothing fancy really, but I know it will most definitely bring a smile to her face. 🙂