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[B&W Gratitude Challenge #7] On being alive

2015 October 9
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

day 7 being alive
It’s the last day of this challenge, which has made me reflect on those that/whom I’m thankful to:

a book and an inspiring friend

healthy children

my husband

my parents

dedicated teachers

my MIL

Coming to #7, the last of the challenge, I’m forced to choose just one more.

I started searching deeply… and finally, I’m just thankful to be alive…

To be here for my three young children…

To be here for my aging parents…

To be here to make a positive difference to this world.

Life is a finite journey, where we’d reach the end some day. Yet we don’t know how long we’d be around.

I’ve witnessed enough critical illnesses and deaths in the extended family and was in the insurance industry long enough to understand that such events can strike anyone at any age.

Though I do my best to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, there’re many factors beyond control.

So yes, I’m just thankful to be alive today.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

~ MieVee
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P.S. You’re invited to start your own 7-day gratitude challenge series. It’s worthwhile soul-searching process. 😊

P.P.P. View this entire series at B&W Gratitude Challenge 2015 here.

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Believe you’re wonderful

2015 October 8
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

A mummy emailed to ask me the ingredients of a laundry detergents, ending her email with a pinge of guilt:

i have regretted buying a lot of unsafe product all this while. sigh, just to think that i have exposed my girl to so much chemical without knowing it makes me feel like such a bad mum. :(

Here’s my reply to her and to all who feel mummy-guilt:

“We’re all mums and are learning along the way. Put aside all guilty feelings. As long as you try to stay informed, it’s really fine.

There’s a lot of misinformation or articles trying to scare us on the Internet. Just try what’s within your means and reach… Believe that you’re a wonderful mum. All the very best!”

Thank you for reading this, wonderful mums (and dads)!

~ MieVee

[B&W Gratitude Challenge #6] On my mum-in-law

2015 October 8
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

day 6 mum in law

I’ve lived peacefully under the same roof with my mum-in-law (MIL) for 7 years, something worth celebrating and sharing.

Shortly after marriage, I went on a short trip with her and her friends. Yup, hubby didn’t go, just me and her as roomies.

That was a memorable trip because I wondered why all the senior citizens were energetic while I was struggling to climb the stairs. The day we returned, I saw a doctor and discovered my first pregnancy.

Over the years, she treated me like her own daughter. If she bought gifts, my SIL and I would get similar items. I never felt left out in the family.

When I was hospitalised for deliveries #2, #3 and dengue fever (with hubby by my side), she’d care for the kids, and I was 100% assured that they were in good hands.

Since I knew hubby from teenage years, I also knew that she set firm boundaries and tried her best to guide him well. In the same way, she loves without spoiling the grandchildren.

Though we live together, she gives us a lot of personal space to bring up the children our way.

Today, I’m grateful for a wonderful MIL. Looking forward to many more years of family peace and harmony.

~ MieVee
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P.S. Feel free to start your own gratitude series too. 😊

P.P.P. View this entire series at B&W Gratitude Challenge 2015 here.

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[B&W Gratitude Challenge #5] On dedicated teachers

2015 October 7
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

day 5 teachers

I’m fortunate to have met excellent teachers and mentors over the years:

– Mdm. W: my P1 form teacher who adored me so much that she wrote me a personal letter, encouraging me to attend Uni in future. At 7, Uni was still a far away and abstract concept.
When I was in about P3, she knew from my teacher that I got 13/20 for a math test, “summoned” me and went through my corrections one by one.

She dedicated herself to teaching the EM3 classes, when students were streamed in those years, to help them progress. That certainly required tonnes of patience and commitment.

– Mdm. L: my upper Sec math teacher who was totally inspiring. She has the superhuman skill of designing questions on the spot, writing down the problems, we copied and she taught us how to solve them. We realised she had slightly different questions to suit the needs of different classes.

She didn’t use the textbooks, even though Singapore math books were of high standards. Instead, all her teachings had to be copied into a series exercise books. She also taught us beyond the syllabus to help us grasp the concepts better.

After my A-levels, I did relief teaching for Sec 3 math back in my alma mater, re-using her teachings from the exercise books. It was an amazing experience passing down knowledge from one generation to the next.

– Mr. K: my JC economics tutor who was so patient and popular that he’d a queue of students to consult until 8p.m., in the months leading to the A-levels.

And many of these students were NOT from his class. He’s hands-down one of the most dedicated teachers I’ve met.

– K.W.: my mentor who convinced me to take up an unconventional career path before graduation. Because of her sincerity and success as a working mother, I’d the courage to be self-employed right out of school, and learnt how to escape the rat race, prepare for life as a working mum and live my dreams.

If I hadn’t relocated, I’m rather sure I’d have continued working with her.

– Ms. H: Vee’s piano teacher. In the beginning, Vee was still little and often uncooperative in class (despite loving music). Yet she maintained this angelic-level of patience even when my boy was lying flat on the carpet and I simply wanted to hide my face as his mum.

Finally, Vee settled down and his skills have blossomed under her expert guidance.

Today, I’m truly grateful to all the dedicated teachers out there, who devote their time and energy to others’ children such that they may have little time and energy for their own. What an irony of life…

~ MieVee
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P.S. Feel free to start your own gratitude series too. 😊

P.P.P. View this entire series at B&W Gratitude Challenge 2015 here.

Wish to unleash your child’s potential? Go to my other blog here:

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[B&W Gratitude Challenge #4] On my parents

2015 October 6
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

day 4 parents

Even though I relocated to KL shortly after marriage, I try my best to visit them every 3 months.

I’ve got amazing parents who provided my sisters and I with lots of fun family time through our growing up years.

My mum’s a stay-home mum who took great care of us daily. In the day, she did some sewing to help out with the family income. And I still rem her reading bedtime stories, with us rolling on the bed laughing. (She’s my first role model of a work-at-home mum.)

My dad worked as a night-shift taxi driver since I was in secondary school until a few years back. Perhaps because of that, we were a nocturnal family. It was a norm for anyone in the house to chit chat or study/work till past midnight.

During the school holidays, we’d go for supper, returning at 2a.m. Sometimes, mum & us girls would play board or card games until dad returned at 5a.m.!

They bothered more about our behaviour than our grades. And because resources were limited, we worked hard for scholarships, and eventually did well in our chosen fields of study (which were vastly different — finance, humanities, the arts). They respected our individuality.

They inspired me to be a hands-on parent, who spends lots of fun quality time with the kids. To create lasting memories and strong family relationships.

I’m grateful they’ve always trusted my decisions since my teenage years.

I’m grateful they’re supportive of me being a stay-home mum.

I’m grateful they welcome me (and my new family) with big arms whenever we visit (and fill up the HDB flat). They make the best team of babysitters I can rely on.

I’m grateful hubby and I managed to bring them on a Taiwan trip in March. The first time I’ve ever been on a flight with them.

I’m grateful they’re still relatively healthy despite going through some health scares over the past many years.

May they enjoy good health and happiness to a ripe old age.

~ MieVee
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P.S. Feel free to start your own gratitude series too. 😊

P.P.P. View this entire series at B&W Gratitude Challenge 2015 here.

Wish to unleash your child’s potential? Go to my other blog here:

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[B&W Gratitude Challenge #3] On my husband

2015 October 2
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

day 3 husband rings

I met him at 16 years old. No, it wasn’t love at first sight. In fact, so far from it that I wouldn’t have believe we’d be married someday.

So it turned out that my first impression of him was totally wrong — not surprising given my low EQ as a teenager then. We became good friends and then best friends.

Ever since that friendship blossomed, we began chit-chatting a lot nearly every.single.day. When he was based in Europe for 1 year, I’d stay up till 1-2a.m. for a short chat after he knocked off. Sometimes, we’re amused at how much we can still talk to each other about.

Today, I’m grateful for having met him and being chosen as his lifelong partner.

He’s humorous, diligent, sensible, filial, intelligent and responsible. Oh yah, also a hands-on Dad who enjoys cooking more than me. What more can I ask for?

~ MieVee
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~ MieVee

P.S. Feel free to start your own gratitude series too. 😊

P.P.P. View this entire series at B&W Gratitude Challenge 2015 here.

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[B&W Gratitude Challenge #2] On healthy children

2015 October 1
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

 

day 2 healthy children

Right from the start when we decided to have kids, we’ve wished for healthy children. To us, that’s the most important. The others can be worked out one way or another.

Today, I’m thankful to have 3 healthy children, though we had a bit of a rocky start…

#1 Vee: when he was 2 years old, a sudden high fever in the middle of the night sent him into febrile fits. Coincidentally, I read a detailed article on childhood fits 2 nights before, so could recognise the symptoms and react appropriately.

After that incident, he’d another 2 rounds of febrile fits. One event happened when he was sitting properly in a grocery cart. He fell to the side, hit his head hard and lost consciousness for about 30 minutes. He woke up after the doctor at the A&E department managed to inject him with the right medicine.

(The fever & fits came so suddenly there was no way to foresee it.)

Those were the most horrible 30 minutes of my life. For months, we were paranoid of going to the grocery store.

This is one reason why I homeschooled him until 5.5 years old, when I was sure he’d outgrown the fits; and his immunity was much stronger to avoid frequent fever and illnesses.

#2 Jae: at his one-week old check, he was diagnosed with 2 small holes in the heart. There was 50% chance he’d heal and 50% chance he’d need an open-heart surgery.

I spent my best efforts taking care of this baby day & night, avoiding letting him cry much to prevent strain on his little heart.

During his follow-up checks at the paediatric cardio’s, we’d to wait for many hours and it was difficult having to witness so many little children with heart conditions.

Thankfully, both the holes closed by themselves when he was 9 months old.

So today, I’m truly thankful for healthy children. I let them catch enough sleep, take in good nutrition, exercise lots and shower them with love. The rest is up to them and God.

~ MieVee
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P.P.P. View this entire series at B&W Gratitude Challenge 2015 here.

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[B&W Gratitude Challenge #1] On “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”

2015 September 30
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

day 1 the monk who sold his ferrari

I’m accepting Daisy’s invite and starting this series of posts on showing gratitude, through black and white photos.

This book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” has sat on my bookshelf for years. I read it halfway and somehow left it that way till I re-read it again in April.

This time, my mind was ready. The ideas made a lot of sense to me and I was ready to change, for the better.

After decades of being nocturnal, I finally decided to sleep early at around 10p.m.

To get things done in peace, I’ve to wake up at about 4a.m. I’ve never thought this was possible until reading this book and knowing that Daisy does this too. (Things just fell into place at the right time.)

Nowadays, I work till 7a.m. then take a nap with little El till he wakes up at ~9a.m. So I still get enough proper sleep instead of over-working at night.

I’m much happier these mornings and ready for the challenges hurled at me throughout the day.

So thanks to the author, Robin S. Sharma and Daisy (who runs Trinity Kids Malaysia, possibly the best playschool in KL)!

~ MieVee
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P.S. Feel free to start your own gratitude series too. 😊

P.P.P. View all this entire series at B&W Gratitude Challenge 2015 here.

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Baby Fairs 2015 (Malaysia, KL)

2015 January 3
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

baby fair expo malaysia 2015

Here’s the list of baby fairs in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) for 2015. It’ll be updated as more information streams in.

1. 9th Maternity & Children Expo

  • Dates: 27 to 29 March 2015
  • Time: 10a.m. to 9p.m.
  • Venue: Mid Valley Exhibition Centre Halls 1, 2 & 3
  • Organiser: The Concept Exhibition (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Website: TCE events page here

2. Motherhood Expo 2015

  • Dates: 10 to 12 April 2015
  • Time: 10.30a.m. to 9p.m.
  • Venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC)
  • Organiser: Harenet Communications Sdn Bhd
  • Website: Harenet website here

3. Mom & Baby Expo 2015

  • Dates: 15 to 17 May 2015
  • Time: 10a.m. to 9.30p.m.
  • Venue: Mid Valley Exhibition Centre Halls 1, 2 & 3
  • Organiser: Today Publishing Sdn Bhd
  • Website: Mid Valley Exhibition Centre events page here

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P.S.: List updated on 1 January 2015. This list is subject to change. Changes may not necessarily be reflected on this list. Please verify with information from the organiser / venue website.


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Baby Fairs 2015 (Singapore)

2015 January 2
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baby fair singapore 2015

Here’s the list of baby fairs in Singapore for Year 2015. It’ll be updated as more information streams in.

1. Adorable Baby Fair 2015

  • Dates: 9 to 11 January 2015
  • Time: (Fri & Sat) 11a.m. to 9p.m., (Sun) 11a.m. to 8p.m.
  • Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 4B
  • Organiser: ADOREvents Pte Ltd
  • Website: Adorable Baby Fair website here

2. Baby World Fair 2015

  • Dates: 23 to 25 January 2015
  • Time: Information not available
  • Venue: Singapore Suntec Convention Hall 401, 402, 403
  • Organiser: Mummys Market Pte Ltd
  • Website: Baby World Fair website here

3. BabyCare Festival 2015

  • Dates: 6 to 8 February 2015
  • Time: (Fri & Sat) 11a.m. to 9p.m., (Sun) 11a.m. to 8p.m.
  • Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 6
  • Organiser: Mediacorp Pte Ltd
  • Website: Singapore Expo events page here

4. Baby Market 2015

  • Dates: April 2015
  • Time: Information not available
  • Venue: Singapore Expo
  • Organiser: Expo Group Pte Ltd
  • Website: Baby Market website here

5. Big Box: Baby & Books Fair

  • Dates: 18 to 21 June 2015
  • Time: Information not available
  • Venue: Mega Box @ BIGBOX, Level 3 (1 minute from Jurong East MRT station)
  • Organiser: BIGBOX
  • Website: BIGBOX website here

6. Baby World Fair 2015

  • Dates: 10 to 12 July 2015
  • Time: Information not available
  • Venue: Singapore Expo
  • Organiser: Mummys Market Pte Ltd
  • Website: Baby World Fair website here

7. SuperMom Bazaar 2015

  • Dates: 28 to 30 August 2015
  • Time:  Information not available
  • Venue: Singapore Suntec Convention Hall Level 4
  • Organiser: Giraffe Consulting Asia
  • Website: SuperMom Bazaar website here

8. Baby Market 2015

  • Dates: 9 to 11 October 2015
  • Time: Information not available
  • Venue: Singapore Expo
  • Organiser: Expo Group Pte Ltd
  • Website: Baby Market website here

9. Baby Baby 2015

  • Dates: 20 to 22 November 2015
  • Time: 11a.m. to 9p.m.
  • Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 6B
  • Organiser: Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings)
  • Website: Baby Baby website here

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Note: List updated on 8 October 2015. This list is subject to change. Changes may not necessarily be reflected on this list. Please verify with information from the organiser / venue website.

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