My Blogging Journey with Nuffnang

I’ve been blogging for seven years now. In some ways, it feels like only yesterday. But in the other, it seems like forever ago. You see – this blog was started not long after I gave birth to Edison. He just celebrated his 7th birthday this month, and that reminds me of how ‘old’ my blog is.

So, I’m sitting in front of my PC today in awe of how much has happened since that first day I registered my Blogspot and said Hi to the unknown faces of the internet.

Truth be told, I’m the kind of person who tends to get bored easily. Every time I start a project, I will lose interest gradually, and eventually it will stop before I realize it. But blogging is an exception. Despite all the challenges, I manage to write consistently for the past 7 years, and I don’t think I will ever stop.

While much has changed in the blogging world especially with the increasing social media avenues, this blog has remains pretty much the same. It’s still me as the writer and creator of this space, sharing my life as a working mom, my thoughts and experiences on parenting, memorable moments with my family, and issues close to my heart.

When I first started this blog, I had no idea that other people besides my family and friends would read it. Then, it surprised me when readers like you came to read along, and even more so when you continued to come back. Thank you for joining me!

It has been an amazing journey so far. One of the happiest moments in my blogging journey is joining Nuffnang two years ago. This is the biggest milestone in my blogging career – being able to join Asia’s first and leading blog advertising community.

Since then, it has opened a wide arena of opportunities for me. From writing advertorials for top brands such as Eu Yan Sang, StarHub and LEGO, to attending events like Singapore Kindness Movement and Families for Life, it has been a wonderful working experience and partnership with the fun and friendly Nuffnang family!

I never expect that my blog writing can be so rewarding (in both monetary and non-monetary ways), and I’m truly grateful for all the support, guidance and opportunities that Nuffnang has given to me. Every day is a learning journey for me, and I’m motivated to improve myself in every perspective.

When I first started my advertorial writing, I was inexperienced and ended up with many major edits from the client. With proper guidance from the Nuffies, I learnt the art of writing a good advertorial. In my most recent assignment, I only need to do one minor edit, and I was truly excited.

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Singapore Kindness Movement 2012

Beside advertorials, I’m invited to the coolest events in town organized by Nuffnang. One of the most memorable events is Singapore Kindness Movement in year 2012. I was part of the blogger team to create a video to showcase various kindness acts. When my video was shown on the big screen at the event held at VivoCity, I felt so honoured. And also a bit shy (I had to hide my fat face, LOL).

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Health Promotion Board – Cook and Eat Healthy Together Campaign
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LEGO Duplo Event at Suntec City

Every time I receive an advertorial assignment, I put in my best efforts. It isn’t easy, considering that I’m a full-time working mother. I’ve to juggle work, family and blogging. For each advertorial post that I write, I’ve to sacrifice my sleep, personal time, or even family time.

Last Saturday, I woke up at 5:30am to work on an advertorial on health supplement. Yes, it was 5:30am when the sky was still dark. After Edison woke up and had his breakfast at 9am, he wanted me to bring him to the playground.

And I said, “Next time, boy. Mama is busy now.” Unexpectedly, he shot me with this deadly reply: “Ah! Next time means it will take ages!”

I was stunned for a while, before feeling extremely guilty for all my broken promises. Then, I stopped my work and brought him to the playground. Work resumed after he went to bed that night.

Writing an advertorial isn’t something that you can rush or expedite. You need inspirations, you need a story to sell the product that is relevant to you and your readers, you need to take good pictures, you need to edit them, you need to test the product, and finally, you need to deliver honest results. (Yes, integrity of a blogger is very important!)

It isn’t easy as some of you may think. Sometimes the Husband wonders why I work so hard when I’m already earning a decent salary from my full-time job. It’s the PASSION, and I really enjoy what I’m doing. It’s also my DREAM that one day I can quit my job and become a full-time blogger (and still earning enough moolah to spend!). Finally, it’s my personal ACHIEVEMENT that I can be proud of.

Every time I receive a new assignment from Nuffnang, I’m jumping with joy. I look forward to experience new things. One thing that is worth mentioning – I really appreciate the Nuffies for always checking with me before they accept a project for me. Thanks to all the kind Nuffies and Churpies – Madeline, Jayne, Gillian, Sarah, Amanda and Melissa for the wonderful partnership. You girls are awesome!

Last but not least, I’ve an important announcement to make (before I wrap up this long-winded post).

I’m officially part of the Bloggerati family!

Bloggerati is the talent agency division of Nuffnang. They work with the top bloggers from their community of thousands, and closely manage their successful brand partnerships, media relations and professional development. I’m flattered to be in this team alongside top bloggers like Xiaxue, QiuQiu and Velda Tan.

I’m excited to continue developing my blog, and I see my partnership with Nuffnang as one step closer to my dream. This blog has grown steadily over the past two years and as I move forward, I’m glad to have Bloggerati to assist me in brand collaborations so that I can concentrate doing what I like best – that is writing this blog, of course!

Thanks to you for reading this blog too!

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Giving birth very soon

BabyNo, not me! I’m referring to three mothers who are going to give birth anytime now (or soon). I’m so happy for them, as they will be able to see their bundles of joy soon.

There are many emotions and thoughts associated with giving birth. Before the big day, we feel the fear and uncertainty. But as soon as we see our little adorable babies, all our negative emotions are immediately replaced by relief and an overwhelming joy.

The first of these three mothers is my colleague Rosemarie. She is going to give birth to her first baby girl anytime now. Her belly is really big, but she still looks great. With plenty of nice maternity dresses to wear, she is certainly the prettiest pregnant woman in my company.

Rosemarie is busy delegating her responsibilities to her colleagues as she is going for her maternity leave soon. In addition, she needs to train her new maid before the arrival of her little princess.

The second mother will be JustMe (not her real name). I knew her from the SMH forum. Her first baby, Sarah, is the same age as Edison. She is expecting a baby boy in April. JustMe is a very capable SAHM. She takes care of Sarah and manages the household all by herself!

Well, the last mother in my list will be Karen – my favorite blogger. She is in her 38 weeks now. I’m an avid fan of her blog. I love to read stories about her two kids – Callum and Sean. A pair of adorable kids with a fantastic mother! This is Karen’s third pregnancy and she is expecting a baby boy.

For now, I wish them a smooth, speedy and pain-free delivery of their new babies! JIAYOU! :)

 

Pre Pregnancy Planning

babyI’ve been thinking of Number Two. When is the best time for me to have another baby? How will my second child change my lifestyle? How’s my financial situation? These questions keep bothering me.

Anyway, the bottom line is still “Am I emotionally ready?” I do not know. But, ideally, the age gap between my first and second child should be 2-3 years.

I’m reading some articles about pre-pregnancy planning now. Hopefully, these articles can shed some light on me. I’m writing a summarize version here, hopefully it will be beneficial to you too.

Importance of pre-pregnancy planning: It is vital to ensure that the right environment is created to bring a child into this world. It is necessary for at least 2-4 months prior pregnancy.

The five main areas:

 Exercise – Pregnancy is very tiring to an unexercised body. However, if we were in the habit of exercising before conception and carry it on through the pregnancy, we will have an easier labor and delivery as a result.

Health – Have a complete physical exam (especially pap smear) to make sure everything is as healthy as possible. Stay away from bad habits like smoking, overeating and caffeine.

Nutrition – It simply means supplementing with the necessary nutrients and eliminating foods that can affect health negatively. Getting adequate folic acid (at least 400 micrograms per day) and Omega 3 (essential fatty acids) in our diet at least 6 months prior our pregnancy is very important.

Click HERE to read about the nutritional guidelines prior pregnancy.

Weight – If we are not at our ideal weight now, then it’s time to lose some weight before we start trying to conceive. We should get ourselves into the 20-30 range to have an easier time conceiving. Click HERE to figure out your BMI.

Finance – The cost of prenatal care rises each year. Now is the time to consider how we will meet the costs of prenatal care and beyond.

Click HERE to check out our first year baby cost.

Interesting articles to read if you have time:

Twenty things we should do before we try to get pregnant

Ten things HE should do (the man plays a part too!)

Pre pregnancy planning is so important in all areas of health and finances. Make the journey easier on ourselves with a good planning. Pregnancy is a 9 month journey filled with doctor visits. Weigh all our options and get started on the right foot for another exciting journey of our life.