A one-of-a-kind bus staycation - Angel is 14!
A Happy Mum
by ~Summer~
6d ago
As the kids grow older, birthdays gradually become more of intimate celebrations than themed parties. Remember how we held DIY parties such as Sylvanian Tea Party, Spy Party, Unicorn Party, Tangled Party for Angel and her friends when she was younger? Yup, those were the good old days and I hope they left behind beautiful memories for her in her growing up years. Now that she is a teenager, she has outgrown the need for lavish parties and huge gatherings. So while I let have her own celebration with her friends, I still make a point year after year that we spend time together as a family and c ..read more
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Happiness is... cherishing family time while it lasts
A Happy Mum
by ~Summer~
3w ago
树欲静而风不止,子欲养而亲不待。 I learnt this saying recently and when I read about the meaning, tears welled up in my eyes uncontrollably. Yup, I've been having quite an emotional struggle recently as a mum and it's been a rough patch in this parenting journey. The saying literally means that the tree wishes to be quiet but the wind will not cease, the child wants to show filial piety but the parents are already gone. It is a reminder that things don't always go our way in life and there are many things that are out of our control. What we can do is hold on tightly to our loved ones and make sure we cherish ..read more
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Work Hard, Party Harder - Happy Halloween 2023
A Happy Mum
by ~Summer~
3w ago
My kids look forward to Halloween every year. This is not because we would attend large scale parties or do anything over the top but because of our yearly DIY celebration held in the comfort of our home. Following our "Spooky Party" in 2020, "Back to School" celebration in 2021 and "Skeleton Carnival" in 2022, this year, we had a "Work Hard, Party Harder" theme. I actually decided on the theme long ago when I heard that Kidzania was closing its doors and I wanted my kids to be able to experience the joy of trying out different occupations. Of course, the activites had to be kept simple and c ..read more
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Happiness is.... cherishing the old
A Happy Mum
by ~Summer~
1M ago
旧的不去,新的不来。 This Chinese saying essentially means that to make way for the new, we have to get rid of the old. I think there's truth in that but there are also times when the old is worth clinging onto or we just can't to see it go. Like a sentimental piece of clothing, a place of attraction that holds many fond memories, a bracelet that belongs to Grandma, a well-loved book that has been re-read thousand of times and so on. In this post of "Happiness is...", it's about welcoming the new while also cherishing the old. ****** We visited Bird Paradise for the very first time since it opened its d ..read more
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Happiness is... not being too hard on yourself
A Happy Mum
by ~Summer~
2M ago
If there's one thing that I would want my kids to learn, it's how to embrace failure in life.  While we all love to taste the sweetness of success, it's important to remember that it usually goes hand-in-hand with failure and comes as a result of sheer hard work and determination. When we fail to achieve something, it is how we get the opportunity to learn, to figure out what went wrong, to develop a growth mindset, and to make ourselves stronger and more resilient as we set out to try again. Instead of being putting ourselves down when the results don't meet our expectations, we should f ..read more
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Our 4D3N family trip to Desaru
A Happy Mum
by ~Summer~
3M ago
We love travelling as a big family and are blessed to be able to bring our parents, who get along really well, on holidays overseas. Even though we gather quite often at our place for festivities, it's different when you visit a foreign place and go sightseeing together. The last time we went abroad together was in December 2019, right before the pandemic hit. We went to Club Med in Bintan and it was an enjoyable trip for everyone. I do wish we can bring our parents to further places like Japan or even Europe but it costs a bomb even for our family of six alone, which is why we are still stick ..read more
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Happiness is... having a well-deserved break
A Happy Mum
by ~Summer~
3M ago
School holidays are always worth looking forward to because they are usually jam packed with lots of fun activities. I always think that it is a well-deserved break for the kids after working so hard for the whole semester. As for myself, I much appreciate not needing to wake up early every morning and love that we are able to do what we want and go where we want as a family.  It might sound weird but I also love having everyone at home even if it means living in chaos every single day. Yes, it's definitely very noisy and rowdy and full of endless bickers but deep down, I know these are t ..read more
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Happiness is... creating a treasure trove of memories
A Happy Mum
by ~Summer~
3M ago
生不带来,死不带去。 We bring nothing with us when we are born, we take nothing with us when we die. That is why I think that tangibles like money and valuables as well as intangibles like fame and power should not matter so much to us during our lifetime. At least, I don't think they matter a lot to me. What matters more to me is building up a drawer upon drawer of cherished memories, spreading kindness to family and friends, finding the simple joys and making sure that we love hard, love deep and love from the heart. In this post of "Happiness is...", it's about creating a treasure trove of memories b ..read more
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Happiness is... turning a year wiser
A Happy Mum
by ~Summer~
3M ago
April makes a special month for me because it is the month in which I was born in 1983 and then got married in 2008. Yup, that also means I officially stepped into the 40s club upon celebrating my birthday this year. It wasn't a lavish or over the top affair because simplicity has always been more of my style. Moreover, some of us had fallen sick during that period so in order not to spread the virus to others, we chose to stick to ourselves and have a cosy celebration as a family of six. I will dedicate another post for more details and thoughts on turning 40 but here's a quick look at how th ..read more
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Happiness is... being together
A Happy Mum
by ~Summer~
3M ago
I love the March holidays even though it only lasts a week. I mean, a week is not that short too and it is a much appreciated and well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Even though it is technically for the kids to take a break from school and from the endless homework, I think I look forward to it as much as they do because I truly enjoy having all the kids at home, of knowing that we can switch off our early morning alarms for the time being and having the freedom to do what we want every single day. I think that is also why I love weekends so much because I see every ..read more
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