Minimalist In The Making

04 February 2017
My idea of happiness is simple and sweet. I got to be with the people I love and enjoy what life is offering.

I don’t need to be rich to be happy. I just a decent place for my family, food on our table, savings for the future and rainy days. If there’s one thing I want to do that is to travel with my family and see the world. I already have the key ingredients for my happiness which is my husband and my daughter. The other ingredients are basically on the table too. I just need to mix and match to find the right taste.

My husband and I are talking of becoming minimalists. Here’s my thought about this.

Nowadays, we are trapped in a world where advertisements lead us what to do with our lives. We are influenced by what we see and what other’s have. “Oh the new iphone is out. I should get one soon.” Newsflash, your monthly due is not getting less and you’re thinking of updating your phone? For what, just to be cool? How about be realistic.

This is what’s happening, we tend to buy what we do not need. But because it is hip, trending, you still do not have it, or for other reasons to justify your willingness to buy without thinking. I admit, that was me a year ago. When you open my closet before clothes were overflowing. It was hard for me to choose what to wear because I was overwhelmed with the choices. One day, I let go of the other clothes especially those that were old. And it feels so good.

The results of keeping what I do not need or not using at all, resulted in growing amount of clutter and duplicate things that are not necessary.

Those material things have clouded my vision of what matters most. It prevented me to live a life worry-free. I literally ditched my peace of mind by acquiring stuffs that gave me fake happiness. Realizing this is not the hard part. Eliminating things you are used to have is the difficult one.

During the early months, giving up this and that doesn’t make sense to me. Up to the point of accepting that I am truly happy with few clothes, shoes, bags etc. I started to focus on what matters most, the people I love. A simple weekend with my darlings can make soar up high with joy. Homecooked foods are far better than dining out. I can even call musicians friend and other friends to come over to our place to enjoy a sumptuous dinner rather than a meet-up at expensive bar and restaurant.

Now, the question is am I ready to be a minimalist? Hell yeah. I am one in the making.

Incy Wincy Mommy

03 February 2017
Tic toc tic toc. It is 4:30 o’clock a.m. It is the start of my morning. What can I say, I have an early riser 2-year old.

Fact: I don’t care waking up early as 4 as long as I had 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night (which is sometimes impossible).  I just need to recharge my battery. You know, for another day filled with never ending house chores and exciting hours of activities with my little one.



I normally, set an activity every hour for my toddler. That is to keep her active, creative and happy. It is a long list since we’re awake since 4am. But all good and fun stuff. If possible I steer her away from tv or ipad. Too much of it will not only impair her eyes but also her development and temperament ( you probably hear a lot about that, so I will not go there any more). Here are few things we love to do for 8 hours before her nap time:

  • Listening to nursery rhymes and dancing with it. 
  • Play musical instrument with her like drums, trumpet, maracas or anything that bangs and create sounds. If I have guitar like evh wolfgang - guitarcenter.com, I would love to teach her strums even if it means learning it for the first time too. 
  • Learning new words through books, flash cards and everything we see around the house. 
  • Being creative with lego and blocks. 
  • Lots and lots of pretend games. 
  • Colouring her favourite book ( and favourite wall). 
  • Playing ball outside (with lots of running around)
  • Tidying up her toys (teaching her until she gets the idea, who knows when).
  • Playing hide and seek (mostly she’s hiding and I’m seeking but when you call her, she will answer “ I’m here mommy.” So adorable.) 
  • Tickling time (my favourite part) 
  • Her “me-time” (She needs it as it is the time she develops and come to know herself on her own.)


Who said being mom is easy? No, it is not. But I enjoy every bit of it. Even if it means lack of sleep, no personal time or no private time (literally a plus one everywhere I go, even in toilet). Becoming a mother is the best thing that ever happened to me. I won’t exchange it for anything in the world.

That said, I admire all moms out there who unconditionally give their best to make their children happy. The tasks is non-stop as well as the joy it brings. It is challenging sometimes but that’s part of making who you are as a mom. It is part of becoming the best mom as you can be. A woman needs 8 hands to do all the house chores, but she only needs one heart to be a mom. So yeah, Challenge Accepted!






Energy Efficiency Tips

28 September 2016
Every home needs a strategy to save money out of something. One of the best way to save which we seldom neglect is to save few bucks by using our home energy wisely and accordingly. If you do it right, you'll have good amount for a family holiday. How does it sound?




What can we actually do?


  • Have you heard of LED lights? This is now a good choice to use at home as it is "85% less energy and lasts 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs". You can buy one from 80 - 1000 luminosity depending on what room you will put it. The options are endless you just need to be very keen in choosing one that best suits your needs. 
  • Another no brainer thing to do is to switch off lights and appliances that are not in use. This is often neglected especially when we are too busy with our daily chores. 
  • Use timers in water and home heating. Switch off heating in rooms that are not needed. 
  • If you are living in house that doesn't have a double glazed window (even if you are), close the curtains to eliminate the loss of heat at night (especially on winter). 
  • Have your boiler and other appliances serviced regularly. 
  • If you play musical instruments at home, make sure to switch off those instruments when not in use, put it your guitar  in hercules guitar stand properly, plug off those pianos and digital drums. A simple thing plugged in can consumed 10-20 % energy still. 
  • Reflect back heat by using foil behind the radiators. In that way, heat is bounced back into room. 
  • When cooking, put lids over your pots to conserve energy and even reduce condensation in the kitchen. When boiling water for coffee or tea, boil the quantity you just need. 
  • Be wise in washing clothes. Lowest water temperature is better. To compensate proper cleaning, choose the right laundry soap that will work on cool washing. 
  • Have a proper ventilation at home. Make sure that there's sufficient fresh air around the house. Open window once in a while to avoid moisture and pollutant build-up. 

There plenty more techniques to use energy efficiently. If you know one, please share them on the comment box below. Have a warm autumn and winter everyone. 



Basic Skin Care

27 September 2016
I am not a dermatologist but I know how to take care of my skin. I don't get pimples except when my period is about to come. But that is tolerable as it's only one or two on the forehead. 

We all know that there are plenty of good ways to take care of our skin. You may have your own tricks too. Allow me to remind or share with you the following basic skin care.


Drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Our body uses up water in all our activities, if not replenish, our skin will show dryness or sometimes other skin problems like pimples. 



Eat healthy. Add more fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains in your diet. These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals essential in keeping your skin glowing. 




Smoking cigarettes won't help. Stop is you are, don't dare if you're not. Smoking contributes in narrowing your tiny blood vessel leaving your skin dry. Not to mention the other diseases connecting to cigarette smoking.





Always protect your skin from the sun. Use products that can protect you against the harmful rays of the sun. Products with SPF 15 or more are recommended. If you are out swimming, bring with you your sun lotion and re-apply every two hours. 




Wearing make-up is okay. Just make sure you use the brand that you trust and brand that won't give you skin problem. Always try new product in small portion of your skin before thoroughly applying them. Also, you should keep your brushes and sponges clean and fresh all the time. Wash them regularly or replace them when possible. Dirt accumulated on your make-up applicators can also create skin problems. 




Wash you face at least twice a day. Use soap that is best for you. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to buy fragrance-free or soap-free products. The more scent, the more chance your skin gets irritated. Remove make-up before going to bed. Leaving them on you face will only make your skins clogged by make-up particles. 




Change your pillowcase regularly. Even when we are sleeping our skin produce oil which is left in the pillowcase. Plus, all the dirt from our hair will also sleep there. I'm sure you don't want them to get all that into your skin. Only worse could happen. Besides, it's always great to sleep on clean pillow and linens. 




Handle your stress well. Yes, stress can make your skin ugly. To avoid that, keep everything in order. Organize the things you need to do so you don't worry much of the things undone. Exercise daily as this is a very good tool to release your stress. Learn to unwind and take it easy. 


These are just few skin care tips that I can share with you. Remember, maintain good hygiene, eat and drink properly and exercise regularly to keep your skin healthy. 

Christmas 2016

22 September 2016
Christmas spirit is just around the corner. We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the birth of Jesus rather than with family and friends. For the past two years, December 25 is extra special to us as we have a little miss to join us. This is her third Christmas with us. We want it different. So we are planning to get a fresh tree and have it decorate personally. Personally, I mean using few bits and pieces of our daughter since birth. I also have other things in mind to include for decoration.


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Starting today, I also intend to play Christmas songs everyday to make our home a lot more festive and warm. Using rme fireface 800 to record the music will be cool granted I have the device. Since I don't have it I will then use my old reliable ipod which is docked permenantly on my speaker. I think that will do.

To be honest we are not yet decided whether to spend Christmas here or elsewhere. There are many things to consider before we arrive to a final decision. It will be cool if we can spend it with family. But flying back home will be far too expensive. So that's definitely a no-no for now. Spending the season in the county side is another option. We'll see about that.

How about you? Do you have any plans for Christmas 2016?







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