Hello!

I have been neglecting this blog for too long. Too long. So many things happened since the last time I updated this blog.

Since then, we went to Singapore, I went back to Kota Kinabalu twice, we went to Genting Highlands a handful of times, what else?

Ashley and Aidan changed schools.

AK started going to kindy and she LOVES it! It warms my heart whenever she happily walks into her kindy and greets me “HI MUMMY” when I pick her up from school.

Life has been good. Unemployed and loving it. Enjoying it every second of the way.

In between school runs and chores, I’ve been spending my time in educating people on how they can ditch chemicals from their lives and opt for plant-based alternatives.

Over these past few months, I have grown personally and have learnt so much about being a leader and a team player and still open to being coachable. I am humbled by the people I am working with everyday. My journey with Young Living is my calling. It is what I finally feel that I should be doing. I will share more in depth about this on a separate post – hopefully it will not take too long for my next post!

I am also intentional in spending more time to grow my relationship with God because really, without Him, we are nothing.

Till the next post, have a blessed week and Happy Father’s Day to all dads!

 

 

Phuket and Phi Phi Island – Nov 2017

My kids were looking forward to this trip because the highlight of this trip was island hopping and lots of snorkeling (and football for my husband) and they’ve not done it before. Oh!!! If they only knew that I went to the nearby islands at Kota Kinabalu and snorkeled every weekend. But that was at Kota Kinabalu then. Life at KK and in KL is different. The nearest beach is at least an hour away from where we are in KL.

So we went to Phuket and stayed there for 3 nights because the hubby participated in a football tournament for 2 days at Thanyapura. After that we took the ferry and headed to Phi Phi Don for another 3 nights.

Let me share our holiday with you via photos.

Phuket (Nov 2017)

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When we arrived at Phuket, we were picked up in this funky van. It had comfortable seats and best of all, the ceiling was all done up. I mean check it out!

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Funky or what?

We stayed at R Mar Hotel at Patong. It’s a decent hotel located 10-min walk away from Patong Beach. It is situated at a very convenient location. As you walk out of the hotel, there are lots of cheap eateries, stalls selling useless souvenirs and convenient stores (7-eleven, Family Mart etc). Jungceylon Mall is also within walking distance.

Phuket (Nov 2017)

Phuket (Nov 2017)

Fish spa! It was Aidan’s first time going for to a fish spa. Even I have not tried it yet. Ashley chickened out of this one. Frankly, I don’t dare to try this out as well. But according to Aidan, he felt tickled when all the fish started nibbling his legs.

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Snacks anyone? A guy was selling all these on his scooter. They are basically deep fried bugs. The locals crowded round the guy and nonchalantly picked out what they wanted as dessert. Ewwww!

On day one of the football tournament, the girls and I decided to play tourist around Phuket while Aidan joined his dad at the Thanyapura for the football tournament.

Our first destination was Wat Chalong. Frankly I wasn’t too keen to visit it but because we were with another family, we obliged. After all, we didn’t really have an itinerary planned. I was ready to just roam the streets of Patong and do a spot of shopping at Jungceylon.

 

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Phuket (Nov 2017)

The weather was very forgiving. It was gloomy, cool and drizzled abit – but nothing too inconvenient for us.

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Fire crackers are burned in this furnace to ward off evil spirits. It did catch us off guard and startled us several times.

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Next, we headed to Methee Phuket – a cashew nut factory. I didn’t know the nuts are painstakingly extracted one by one. It is so labor intensive! We walked round the place, sampled different flavors of cashew nuts, bought some and then headed to

Phuket (Nov 2017)

Phuket (Nov 2017)

Our 3rd destination of the day was this elephant place. The moment I paid 1300 bath for the 3 of us and stepped foot into this place, I regretted it. The elephants were chained by the foot. They were only 3 and 7 yo if I am not wrong but they looked sad. Even Ashley wasn’t comfortable being a spectator. These elephants should be roaming in the wild instead of being made to perform tricks and what not.

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For lunch, we headed to a hill top restaurant. I can’t remember the name of the restaurant! I posted it  on my Insta stories but the story is only available for 24hrs before it is deleted! So there you go! I forgot the name of the restaurant! The food was great though and so reasonably priced. There were 2 adults, 2 tweens and 2 toddlers. We ordered about 8 dishes and it came up to 1500 baht only. Score! And, their restrooms took me aback because of the zen-like environment. You get to relieve yourself with a nice peaceful view of nature.

Phuket (Nov 2017)

Phuket (Nov 2017)

See? Nice right???

On day two, we spent the whole day at the football field at Thanyapura.

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It was a lonnnnng day. AK was a trooper. She didn’t complain at all on that day. To celebrate the team’s victory in one of the categories, we had a sumptous meal at a thai restaurant. ( I don’t know the name of the restaurant but if you check my instagram, there is a location tag there…in thai)

Tom yam, tom yam and MORE tom yam.

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Phuket (Nov 2017)

Food was fantastic.

In the middle of the night, I woke up and had a bad tummy ache and had diarrhea.

Aidan woke up shortly and relieved himself in the loo.

Then little did we know, the whole team had a bad tummy that night!

Oh what a night!

On day three, we woke up early in the morning and headed to Rassada  Pier to catch a ferry to Phi Phi Don.

Phuket (Nov 2017)

Phuket (Nov 2017)

Our journey to Phi Phi Don (Laem Tong Bay) took us 3 hours.  Laem Tong Bay is located at the north eastern side part of Phi Phi Don. It’s a much quieter bay compared to Tonsai Bay.

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When we arrived at Laem Tong Bay, we had to jump into a Long Tail Boat to get to the shore. Holiday Inn then picked us up and brought us to the hotel which was less than 5 minutes away.

Phuket (Nov 2017)

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Unfortunately, it was not as sunny as we wanted it to be. It was raining the day before we arrived so we were blessed to not have rain on the day we arrived. We wasted no time upon arrival. We had a quick lunch and took a Long Tail boat to  Nui Bay and Lana Bay for snorkeling.  As divers, hubby and I were not impressed with the corals cause we’ve seen nicer ones (ahem..action). But for the kids, they loved it. They loved the experience.

The thrill of jumping off the boat into the sea. Into the unknown.

The thrill of exploring the underwater life.

Phuket (Nov 2017)

On the first night at Phi Phi island, we decided to have dinner outside the hotel at a nearby restaurant. We had dinner by the beach. Food was great. Ambience was great. Our toes dipped into the sand while we devoured our dinner. But by the second night at Phi Phi island, we figured out that meals at the hotel were much cheaper because kids below 12 yo eat for free!

Day four.

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We took hired a Long Tail boat and went to Maya Bay, Loh Sama Bay and Pileh Bay. It took us about 45 minutes to reach Maya Bay from Laem Tong Bay. Maya Bay is where the movie, The Beach, starring Leonardo Di Caprio was filmed. Because of that, the beach was filled with tourists!

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The beach was packed!

And if you’re ever self conscious about doing a selfie of all sorts, well,  fret not because everyone on the beach were doing Victoria Secret poses for their selfies and wefies.

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After spending about an hour at Maya Bay, we headed to Loh Sama Bay and Pileh Bay for snorkeling.
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Phuket (Nov 2017)

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We spent about 4 hours out in the sea. Thank God none of the kids were sea sick. They were indeed super troopers!

Day five.

It was a rainy day. We wanted to head out to Bamboo island first thing in the morning but we were advised to wait it out. It was a bit depressing being on an island with gloomy weather. But the weather didn’t get to the kids. They swam in the hotel pool (yes, in the rain) and had fun nonetheless. Later  that morning, we hired a Long Tail boat (1000 baht) and the boat man brought us to Bamboo Island. Shortly after we arrived at the island, it rained. So our trip to Bamboo Island was cut short but the kids had fun anyways.

Day six.

It was time for us to bid adieu to Phi Phi island. It rained heavily in the morning. The waves were rough. We couldn’t get ourselves onto the Long Tail boat which would bring us to the ferry. So we ended up taking a speedboat to Tonsai Bay and boarded the ferry there. Our ride to Tonsai Bay was an eventful one because we got drenched! AK wasn’t spared. Luckily I got everyone to pack spare change of clothes in the hand carry and we changed into dry, fresh clothes when we boarded the ferry.

Thank you hubby for the holiday.

Thank you Holiday Inn Phi Phi Don for the hospitality.

 

Christmas Make and Take Session

I just realized that my last post was more than a month ago. I seriously need to crank up my blog engine. So many things happened in the last 1 month. In fact, I just realized that I have not completely blogged about my past trips to  Japan, Europe, Phuket and Phi Phi Island. I really want to jot them down here because  it’s nice to look back and read about the places we went to.

But first, I would like to share what my fabulous team and friends did last month. We organized a huge Christmas Make and Take session. For those of you whom do not already know, I have included Young Living essential oils in my family’s health and wellness regime. They say that once you get into using essential oils, you get sucked into it like a black hole and I can attest to that!

So in the spirit of Christmas and sharing our love of the oils and all, my fabulous team and friends organized  a Christmas Make and Take session.  Our objective was on education i.e. to teach people about essential oils and how we can use them and also to teach people that we chemicals in our everyday products for skin care or household products can easily be swapped out with essential oils.

They say a picture is worth  a thousand words. So here are a few pictures. (Unfortunately though, I didn’t personally get to take as much photos as I would usually do because I was the main speaker at that session).

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Why is it called  a Make and Take?

Well, the participants get to make the items and take them home. In this session, we taught the participants how to make :

  1. Body scrub
  2. Lip Balm
  3. Immune-support roller blend
  4. Room Spray

We had 50 participants that day (excluding the organizing committee) and oh what a day it was! We spent 3 weeks to plan for this session through WhatsApp group chat and on that day, we miraculously worked in synergy and together made the event a success!

If you’re interested in learning about essential oils and would like to know when our future sessions will take place, follow me on my Facebook page.

Brunch at KitaKita

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I started off November with a BANG! I had brunch with my girl friends at KitaKita, Bukit Damansara and had a really good time catching up although we do chat on WhatsApp like every.single.day!  Catching up over food is so much better. As the saying goes, food taste better when you eat it with friends!!! Between the 3 of us, we had Laksa Johor, Nasi Lemak, Cekodok pisang and Karipap! Word of caution, specify the parts of the chicken you want for your Nasi Lemak or you might risk getting a part you don’t fancy. The Nasi Lemak was so-so. Not that great. I didn’t get to taste the Laksa Johor (perhaps next time) but the Cekodok Pisang and Karipap were yummy and addictive too. (You’ve been warned.)

I realized that ever since I started working from home full-time for a decade, I missed out a lot on 1-on-1 human interaction with adults. (Gosh, I sound like a katak di bawah tempurung don’t I?)

But I am serious!

Before I started working from home, lunch time was fun because we always looked for interesting places to go to to eat. We looked forward to lunch time everyday.

Well almost.

And then I switched roles 10 years ago and started working full-time from home and then gone were my lunch outings. I ate alone at home, or with my kids but mostly alone.  I guess you can say that I am making up for lost time now because since I left my full-time job, I have been going out for lunches practically everyday with family, friends, ex-colleagues etc. It makes my eat-clean feat a bit of a challenge as you can see….

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So today, I am taking a break from my lunch appointments and had something simple at home instead (before my big lunch tomorrow again with a good old friend). See? It never stops.

What the heck?

Life is short.

Meet that friend.

Eat that nasi lemak.

Buy that dress.

Hug your loved ones fiercely.

Eat that cotton candy just because…..

What the heck!

How did you start off with November?

 

Hello November!

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It’s exactly a month since I left from my full-time employment of 20 years! It feels surreal to leave something which has been part of half my life! I sound dramatic don’t I? When my ex-manager asked me how it felt leaving a company after 20 years, I had mixed feelings. Till today, I subconsciously talk about the company I work with in present tense – as though I was still part of it. *rolls eyes*

Anyhow, how has it been so far for me?

G R E A T !

I love it.

I love the break.

I love being at home.

I love doing my own things.

I love being a full-time mom and wife.

I love the freedom.

I am so ready for November! Bring it on November!

 

I Love Being a SAHM

I just realized that today is exactly 1 month since I left my full time job of 20 years! 20 years! I feel old.  When I talk about the company I used to work with, I always talk about it as though I am still working at the company!

Anyway, so it’s been a month since I became a full-time stay at home mom. So what have I been up to?

Apart from the usual household chores (I am maidless. I am the maid.) and school runs (I don’t have a driver. I am the driver), I have been meeting up with family and friends for lunch. I have also been busy teaching people how to start a chemical-free life journey.

What’s that?

If you’re following me on Facebook and/or Instagram, you’d know that I am into Young Living Essential Oils. I was introduced to it 5 years ago by my sister. At that time, I thought she was nuts or possessed for paying RM600+ (then) for some oils.

Seriously.

Sorry Jie…if you’re reading this. Seriously. I thought you were nuts. I was like ‘Whatever….’ followed by some eye-rolling action.

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Then 2 years ago, a dear friend gifted me a Premium Starter Kit.

I was like ooooh! They look pretty, they smell great!

My interest wasn’t piqued at the time due to some distractions which I can’t really recall now. But you know, the timing wasn’t right.

Then recently, I started reading about it and you know, once you read something, you can’t unread them and I realized that these oils are so in line with our family’s natural health and wellness journey. So I jumped right into it.

To cut the long story short, in addition to what we are already doing now to support my family’s health and wellness with natural products, we now use  Young Living Essential Oils and NO, I am not anti medicine or whatever …like if my child’s leg is broken, hell yes I’m going to bring him/her to the hospital to be treated.

So because of my passion for these oils, I now teach people how to lead a chemical-free life journey. And yes, it is a journey. And I teach people how to embark on that journey one step at a time.

Do I enjoy being a SAHM?

I dunno about you moms out there but I LOVE it. Perhaps my circumstance is different from others but whatever it is, I LOVE IT (for now).

I am cherishing it every day. Counting my blessings.

 

 

Be Thankful

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When the littlest one is taking a nap and all you want to do is chill and enjoy a cuppa hot chocolate at a cafe but the littlest one refuse to sleep anywhere except on my chest. I had to juggle her and the notebook last weekend while we are at a cafe while Aidan was at football practice.

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See?

Did I get anything done?

Not really.

But I remind myself to always look at the bright side of things i.e. to be thankful for every moment.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

 

 

I Am Officially a SAHM!

So a lot has happened since the last time I posted in this blog in August. For starters, I am now a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) and I am loving it so far. I left the company I worked for for the last 20 years at the end of September.

It was bitter sweet.

Bitter because I was going to miss being part of family and miss working with my colleagues. Sweet because I get a taste of being a SAHM after 20 years.  Just to be clear, I didn’t hate working with the company I worked for. I loved the culture and the flexible work arrangements which was why I stayed on with them for 20 years!

Yes. 20 years.

I feel old!!!!

But rest assured, I feel young ok!? I am young at heart. Always. Age is only but a number. Bleh.

It has been 3 weeks and what have I been doing?

For starters, I have been waking up late. It isn’t as nice as I thought. In fact, sleeping in sucks because I feel that I’m wasting precious time. It’s tough waking up early in the morning but I feel so better afterwards for being productive.

Before my last day of work, I had big plans. But when the time came, I didn’t expect to be so slack in managing my own time! Seriously. When I was working full time, I worked (at home) from 8.30am-5.30pm (officially) and managed my personal time around working hours. So in a way, my time was managed properly. Then came 1 Oct, my time management went downhill.

LOL!

How?

Well, I figured since I am a SAHM now, I reduced AK’s time at the daycare from full day to half day which is 5 flexible hours. But once I sent her off to daycare, I lazed around and sometimes sleep again,  slip into the social media black hole and that’s it. Before I knew it, I had to pick her up, pick the 2 bigger kids up from school, prepare dinner and that’s it.

But I am cutting myself some slack. After all, I’ve been working for the past 20 years. I do deserve to slack a bit right?

Anyhow, I have started spending more time with my oily obsession passion. I teach people how to kick chemicals to the curb and start their chemical free life journey 🙂 It is something that I am very passionate about. What is this about? Well stay tuned! If you follow me on my Facebook, you’d see more regular updates on what I have been up to.

Till then, take care!!!

Be warned, you may get more rants from this newly SAHM here. heheheheh

 

 

 

Sassafras Creek and Kokoda Memorial Park, Melbourne

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In May, we made a trip to Melbourne and stayed there for about 2.5 weeks. We loved it there –  especially the kids. I could so see us living there.

Sigh.

I am leaving it all up to God. If he wants us to be there, we will get ourselves there. If not, I am sure God has other plans for us.

Meanwhile, let me share some photos!

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We stayed at my brother’s place most of the time.  The kids had roasted marshmallows. It was their first time roasting marshmallows by a fireplace. It’s definitely an experience they will not forget for sure.

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On our first day, we took a relaxing drive to Sassafras Creek. It’s a little village located at the Dandenong Ranges with  lots of speciality shops. If you’re a tea lover, you can drink at  specialist tea shops where they’ve all kinds of tea. I am not a tea drinker but I would imagine this little village will be heavenly for tea lovers.

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If you are up for some hiking, there are trails which you can go on. We weren’t up for hiking so we ended up taking a stroll at the village, bought some ice creams and pies  and had it at  a nearby park. The weather was gorgeous. Not too cold (12 C) and it was sunny.

It was perfect.

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After spending about 2 hours at Sassafras Creek, on the way back, we stopped over at Kokoda Memorial Garden. The  kids went to the playground to have some fun. There are also a lot of walking trails at this place but we weren’t up for it. I was told that this place was similar to the TTDI park at KL where people usually go to to exercise. Since it was a weekday, there weren’t many people there then but I was told that it can get very crowded during the weekends.  Because we are such impromptu travelers, we weren’t in the right mindset to do any exercise or hiking that day.

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Sunset was at 5pm. So our days were pretty short.

Note to self : The next time we go to Sassafras, we should gear up and explore the walking trails!

Ditch and Switch Chemicals

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Ashley has recently developed an interest in making her own natural, chemical-free products for her own consumption. It’s good that she realizes how our everyday products like hair care, face care and cleaning products at home may potentially contain harmful chemicals that eventually go into our blood stream and causes havoc to our bodies.

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I brought her to a friend’s little party a few weeks ago and she made all of these.

  • Peppermint foot soak with epsom salt. I love epsom salt. This whole jar has been used up when Aidan had influenza B a few a weeks ago. It really helped to relieve his sore muscles and joints.
  • Makeup remover – tried and tested! Pass!
  • Anti bacterial spray – this is really handy. We use this to spray on public toilet seats, dining tables, supermarket troller handles, handphones etc.
  • Muscle relief roll-on – great to sooth the aching muscles after a workout.

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Since then, she has made lip balms, mozzie repellent and hand wash too. It’s fun and really easy to make.   You should try it too.