2017 Bring It On!

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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.

Blogging

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.

New Year Resolutions for 2014

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Okay, enough of noble New Year resolutions that I’ve never kept. This year, I’ll think of something easy peasy but meaningful that I can really fulfill.

First off, after so many years of haphazard shopping which has resulted in a bloated wardrobe and storage, I made a conscious effort to reduce impulse shopping and spend more wisely last year. I resolved to pay more attention to quality and usefulness of an item before reaching out for my purse. And I’m proud to say that I’ve succeeded, mostly.

On the same context, I’m willing to buy a high-quality designer handbag that costs a little more but last a long time, rather than buying several cheaper handbags and jam-up the wardrobe. Many times, I’ve resisted the urge of buying something just because it was on sale. I’ve also cut down my visits to shopping centres, especially during the sale seasons.

Buy less but buy well, reduce impulse shopping. This will continue to be my resolution in 2014.

Secondly, I resolve to leave my house for any destination ten minutes earlier than I normally would so that I’ll arrive in good time minus the rush factor. This is particularly critical this year as Little Edison has started Primary 1 (perhaps I should not call him Little anymore, he’s all big boy now). We can’t be late for school.

A minor car accident happened last year as I was rushing to school. I was driving out from a junction and collided with another car. I admit that it was mainly my fault. If I wasn’t rushing, the accident could have been prevented. My car only suffered minor scratches, but the other driver’s car had a dented rear door. As a result of the insurance claim from both parties, I ended up paying $600 more for my car insurance this year. *sob*

Thirdly, I resolve to dress up myself a little bit more this year. Like most people, I always save my ‘nicest’ clothes for special occasions, wear and re-wear my ‘normal’ clothes for the rest of the days. I’m also keeping my designer handbags and Rolex watch for special occasions only. Yes, I’m silly to think that they are too luxury to be used on normal days.

Recently, it dawned on me that the older we get, the fewer big occasions there are and at this rate, I’ll never get a chance to wear and use the things that I’ve paid good money for. So, I started the year by wearing my Rolex watch to work.

Last year, I resolved to write more often on this blog. This year, I’ve decided to take the opposite approach, mainly because Edison has started formal schooling and I need to really focus on his academic issues. It’s not that I was slacking last year, but I want to dedicate more time for my boy without any distractions this year.

So, I resolve to cut down on blog events and projects. You’ll probably see a reduction in blog post this year, but I promise that I’ll continue to write when time permits. The focus will still be our family, parenting and education issues, but I’m unlikely to take up much sponsored post this year.

Lastly, I resolve to go on as many holidays as I can. Last year, I resolved to go on a long vacation to USA or Australia – which we did. We spent 1.5 weeks in Gold Coast and Brisbane, and it was one of the most exciting holidays that we’ve had. This year, we hope to travel a bit more, even if it’s just an overnight trip to Bintan. Make good use of the school holidays and public holidays, that is.

In short, my 2014 resolutions will be:

  1. Buy less but buy well, reduce impulse shopping
  2. Leave my house for any destination ten minutes earlier
  3. Dress up myself a little bit more
  4. Cut down on blog events and projects
  5. Go on as many holidays as I can

Life is short and every day should be special and celebrated. Do not deny myself from the thrill of wearing nice clothes, carrying my designer handbag, eating nice food, going on vacations, cut down on work and focus on family. If I can achieve these, I’ll definitely be a happier person this year.

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New Year, New Beginning

Well, another year is upon us. I’d like to wish you and your family a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I literally felt like the year 2011 went so quickly for us. It’s time to reflect on the year we’ve left behind while we ring-in-the-new. When I look back, thinking of the passing year, it helps me to realize what has been accomplished, what has been learned, who has helped us, and how we can do better this year.

So, here’s a round-up of year 2011…

Family –

I’m really grateful and relieved that everyone in the family is in good health this year. Minor illnesses like cough, flu and fever are also very minimal. With only one exception for me who underwent an endoscopic sinus surgery three weeks ago. I’m also glad to announce that I’m recovering well from the surgery.

Little Edison is learning and growing by leaps and bounds. He is happy to go to school and he becomes more independent, self-reliant and socially-adaptable in an expanding social circle of friends and peers at school. Recently, he told me that he wants to become a doctor when he grows up so that he can help sick people. I was really happy to hear that.

Holiday –

In April this year, we went for vacation in Hong Kong. It was one of the best vacations that we’ve had. Our boy had so much fun at the Disneyland. Hopefully, in the years to come, we can visit this place again.

On his birthday month, we went for a staycation at Resorts World Sentosa Festive Hotel. Amazing room, view, facilities and hospitality. Our boy was contented to just stay in the hotel room, but of course, we did venture out to Sentosa and Universal Studios during our stay.

Work –

Work has been very challenging for me, but I’m grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me. I was promoted to a managerial promotion this year, and the future is looking bright. It was one of the most significant career advancements in my life. And I’m excited to see what Year 2012 will bring for me.

Life, in general –

Our foreign helper left us in April this year and we decided not to hire a replacement. We’ve persevered during this tough period; we worked a little harder and a little longer. And we managed to adjust our lifestyle and routine without a helper. Now, we’re happier to regain our much-treasured privacy and freedom. No more maid woes. No more arguments about the maid.

The year 2011 closed up for us. Like what I always say, “Life goes on!” And so it does…

Let’s have ourselves a Happy New Year — onward to 2012! Cheers! 🙂