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Little Lessons: Never underestimate a child’s ability to love

Occasionally, my little girl astounds me. This is one incident where I'm left deeply humbled. There are tantrums, and there are tantrums. Javier was having one of the latter and I was at the end of my patience rope. I felt like screaming. Instead, I walked away, feeling helpless and exasperated. I looked at Vera, and thought she might be able to help her little brother, so I asked her to go and talk to him. She went. She sat. She said some words. She gave him his water bottle and asked him to stop crying. The words she spoke probably echoed some of mine, uttered over the past two … [Read More...]

Mamma Mia! Singapore

Mamma Mia! Here I go again.

Thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing...Thanks for all the joy they're bringing. Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty? What would life be? I've been bitten by the ABBA bug ever since catching the opening performance of Mamma Mia!, the award-winning musical inspired by the classic songs of ABBA last week. I was pretty much blown away by the performance. I mean those songs...Songs that make you wanna kick off your shoes, or slip on some dancing shoes, and get your groove on. (Which incidentally almost everyone in the audience did at the end of the show.) You are the … [Read More...]

love dare

Little Lessons: Learning to love extravagantly

A friend gave me a pack of Love Dare cards not long after I got married. From time to time, I refer to it for little reminders on how to be more loving and thoughtful to my hubby. This particular one has got me thinking this past week about how I can love more extravagantly. Something extraordinary, and that goes beyond our normal routine. Extravagant love need not come with a hefty price tag. But it's often big on thoughtfulness, effort and sometimes creativity. It could mean walking malls in search of that out-of-stock briefcase. It could mean rounding up a few of her friends … [Read More...]


Busy buzzy bees

Life has been busy of late. I feel like a headless queen bee on some days, and thoughts zip out of my mind as fast as they come. I feel like grabbing them and storing them in a jar. Granted, we have had some good busy happening around here. Such as watching Hop and Honk last week. The kids enjoyed the show, and sat through the entire 95 minutes of it (with a break in between). I think it's more suited for the bigger kids though (erm, people like me, and maybe the primary schoolers) because the humour was pretty brilliant and the singing and acting were spot on too. The kids could follow … [Read More...]

The bicycle lesson

Little Lessons from learning to ride a bicycle

Vera took off on her own two-wheeled bicycle last week. It had taken a couple of lessons with daddy, who was helping her to get the hang of balancing and pedalling by placing his hand on the seat while she cycles. She started off very cautiously, and was a bit fearful when the two support wheels were removed (which we did right after bringing the new bike home). Since then, there's been no turning back. She says she loves cycling and simply just can't stop! She's learnt to break by back pedalling. (We were told by the bike guys that at this age, using the feet to back pedal /break … [Read More...]