A Look Ahead into My 10th Year of Blogging

A word of THANKS, some reflections and more to come in 2018!

First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you for your readership and support for the past nine years. It feels like a long time since I’ve started this blog, and I can’t believe it that I’m heading into my tenth year of blogging. Truly, this is the first time I can sustain an interest for so long. Hah!  😉

Round-up of 2017

2017 was an important year for us as we’ve travelled quite a bit and spent lots of beautiful family times together. Here’s a quick round-up of 2017:

➡ Dec: We spent 3 days at the gorgeous 5-star Montigo Resorts in Nongsa and 10 days in Bangkok + Chiangmai (will blog about it soon).

➡ Nov: We visited the Sand & Sandals Desaru Resort and Spa, visited Batam for the first time (why are we so slow? LOL) and stayed at Radisson Golf and Convention Center. We also staycated at the new YOTEL Singapore to celebrate the end of SA2. We’re so glad to be invited to review the Business Suite at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy.

➡ Oct: This month, we visited LEGOLAND Theme Park twice and stayed at Somerset Medini Serviced Apartment for the first time.

➡ Sep: This was Edison’s birthday month and we celebrated his big day with a fantastic staycation at The Fullerton Hotel and Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium. We’re delighted to be invited to stay at the new Park Hotel Farrer Park

➡ Aug: We checked-out the Premier Suite at D’Resort Downtown East – the integrated water theme park that we’ve always loved.

➡ Jul: We visited Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park and stayed at the Hello Kitty Themed Room at Hotel Jen. We were also invited to experience the kid-themed room at Furama Riverfront Hotel.

➡ Jun: During the mid-year school holiday, we made a trip to Ipoh to visit my parents. We stayed 4 nights at the beautiful Haven Resort Hotel Ipoh. I highly recommend this 5-star resort if you’re visiting Ipoh. For all Bintan lovers out there, you’ll be excited to know that The Haven Bintan Hotel and Resort is coming up soon.

➡ Mar: During the Mar term break, we indulged in a 8D7N cruise on Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas to Laem Chabang (Thailand) and Phu My (Ho Chi Minh Vietnam). We also visited Pattaya.

➡ Feb: I attended Park Bogum Fan Meeting in Singapore, this was a very memorable event for me as it’s my first time (also paid >$200 for a Cat A ticket!).

We’re very thankful to be invited for some of these hotel stays (sponsored stays are clearly marked as such in the disclosure clause). However, we paid for the vast majority of our trips, tours and hotel stays. There’s nothing here that my family and I don’t absolutely love. I choose not to blog about it if I don’t like it – mainly because I don’t like writing negative reviews.

My 818th Post

Well, I don’t usually mark milestones for my blog but this post is indeed quite special. It’s my 818th post on this blog. What a journey!

Come to think of it, it may not be a BIG number at all considering that I’ve been blogging at Our Little Smarties for 5+ years now. But I’m so happy today that I can maintain this blog for so long. It’s indeed a milestone that deserves a celebration today. 🙂

I’m not sure how many of you have been following my blog since the beginning. In these 800+ posts, you can see my journey from a clueless new mother to the mother of a Primary One boy, who likes to share my learning curve and experiences as a full-time working mother.

The most significant part of what blogging did was to open up for me an entirely new world out there – from people who read my blog to blogger friends, PR people and blog sponsors. It would be impossible to meet these amazing people without this blog.

Some of you have been with me since the beginning, and some have joined me later. Some of you constantly leave your comments, and some are silent. Some of you have met me before, and some are complete strangers.

But one thing for sure! Each and every one of you has contributed to me and my writing in some way or the other, so THANK YOU all for being here with me.

This year, I’ve made a resolution to cut down on blog projects and events mainly due to work commitments. I’ve also informed my kind sponsors to stop proposing me for campaigns because I have a phobia for deadlines now.

This blog has been running for five years now. I find that my old posts are more care-free and fun to read, and I had more commenters too. So I asked myself why it is so difficult to blog these days. It came so easily to me before, but now my creative juice seems to have “stuck”.

Apart from having a phobia for deadlines, I must be having some kind of writer’s block, loss of mojo, or something similar. It happens more often than not when I sit staring at a blank screen with nary an inkling of where to begin.

Words flow easily from my brain to my mouth, but sadly, it’s a whole different story when I’ve got to get those words from my brain to my fingers. Strange.

I seriously need to find a way to get over my writer’s block somehow. 🙁