Me Time

2017 Bring It On!

Hello everyone! First of all, let me wish you a very Happy New Year! I know that this is so late (sorry!) but I’ve been very busy with work, new school year for Edison and my K-drama obsession. I’ve three K-dramas on my plate now – Goblin, Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim and The Legend of the Blue Sea.

Work has been crazy after the Christmas break, coupled with job rotations and new responsibilities. Edison has embarked on his Primary 4 journey and will be streamed at the end of the school year. Thus, we have a different schedule this year to fit his tuition programs and sports that he enjoys – swimming and tennis.


Today is the 8th anniversary of Our Little Smarties. Instead of announcing a giveaway or celebration, I’ve decided to go the opposite direction. After 8 years of blogging, it seems like I’ve pretty much run out of topics to blog about. What have been said has already been said, and honestly, many times I stare absently at my computer screen and my mind goes blank.

I want to enjoy what I used to do when I’m blogging, and I want to share with you all the lovely things around me. Unfortunately, I haven’t been feeling inspired for a while. Therefore, I’ve also informed my agency that I’ll stop taking new campaigns after this month. I have a ridiculous phobia of deadlines now, and I don’t want to add unnecessary stress to myself.

After much deliberation, I’ve decided to slow down on blogging and focus on other priorities – my full-time job, family and myself. But don’t worry, I’m not stopping blogging but I need to slow down to gain some perspectives and to truly enjoy blogging as a hobby.

So, please stay with me and I really appreciate your continuous support all these years. Thank you!

Home Improvement

Time flies, it’s been a year since we moved to Bartley. Our new home is looking good without any major issues. We enjoyed staying here because of its convenient location. V and I have been planning for some mini upgrades in our home, and hope to complete them by March.

We’ve been thinking of replacing our gas stove with induction cooking. We checked out a few brands but we still couldn’t find a model with the exact fit to our existing cooktop. As much as possible, we want to avoid alteration (cutting the table top) because there’s a risk of damage to it. As of now, we’re still searching for the right size.

The second thing that we want to install is a digital lock. Keyless digital locks have become increasingly popular among homeowners. The main obvious advantage is not needing to carry a key. And without a key, we’ll no longer need to worry about losing it too.

Thirdly, we’re thinking of giving our home a colourful facelift with Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint. Truth be told, we seriously considered it during our home renovation a year ago. However, our ID encouraged us to use wallpapers instead – but we weren’t keen. At the end, we scrapped the idea. Now, it’s good to revisit Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint again.

Holiday Plans

It’s funny how we start planning for the next holiday the moment we returned from one. Ha! Last month, we booked our vacation for the March school holiday. It’s something new to us, and thus, we’re really looking forward to the trip.

And now, we’ve started brainstorming on where to go for our May/June school holiday. =)

When I was in my twenties, I thought that spending money on vacations is a waste. Imagine several thousand dollars spent within a matter of days! The money spent on travelling could have been invested in branded goods – which I can use for years.

When I hit my thirties, my perception changed. I feel happy spending money on experiences such as travelling. I no longer buy things to make myself happy. Physical items satisfy me momentarily, but after a while, they all end up in the store (collecting dusts, that is). Experiences, on the other hand, live on forever. They give me joy and contentment in life.

Therefore, while I’m still able and healthy, I want to make time to travel with my family and make happy memories.

Personal Goal

In 2017, my biggest goal is to lead a happy, healthy and stress-free life. This is also part of the reason why I want to cut down on blogging. I don’t want to lose my sleep from chasing after campaign deadlines. I set a target for myself to sleep at least 6.5 hours a day. The five-hours-a-night habit had to stop before it takes a toll on my health.

Lastly, I just have to say that 2017 is shaping up to be GREAT because I’ve so much to look forward to. Hope everyone’s 2017 is off to a good start too! =).

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CY January 19, 2017 at 9:18 AM

I know what it feels like when I can find a space of time too to blog, but draw a blank on what actually to write! What I routinely do though is to create as many stub entries of things to say when I do get ideas, and only write on them when I can, sometimes months later.

Emily January 23, 2017 at 11:21 AM

Hi CY,
Yeah, it’s frustrating whenever my mind goes blank each time I login to my WordPress. And it happened repeatedly. Hope I get some inspirations on what to write after a break this month. Thanks for the tips. I’ll jot down the bit and pieces whenever they come to my mind, and gradually complete it when I have time later. 🙂


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