How does one begin to write about the big, chaotic, colourful, exhilarating, frustrating, rewarding, heart-breaking whirlwind adventure that is Motherhood?
After almost seven years of mothering two rambunctious chaps, I’ve come to the conclusion that no two mothers’ experiences are ever alike. It’s the little moments and the unexpected encounters and a myriad of factors that shape each woman’s completely unique journey of motherhood – and yet, we each make it work, in our own ways. Here’s a snapshot of my experience.
Do your kids know how Bukit Merah got its name, or the legend behind the Singapore Stone, or what Sang Nila Utama, a prince from Palembang, has to do with the founding of our island home? Let them have a taste of Singapore folklore served up in juicy nuggets of urban legend and history at the annual Kidz Academy this June holidays!
Sister Act, the five-time Tony-nominated smash hit is in town! Crime, faith and a whole lot of dancing nuns – there was something for everyone, and as David commented at the end “So much glitter! I like the glitter best, mummy.” While Daryl declared, “I like the pretty one, mummy. The pretty lady with the big curly hair.” Read more
Among all the movies I watched as a teen, Sister Act certainly stands out as one to remember. It was fresh and fun and sweet. I loved the music, the dancing, and how the irrepressibly charming Deloris Van Cartier breathed new life into an uninspired choir and discovered the power of friendship. Now, almost two decades after the movie first came out, Sister Actthe Musical is coming to Singapore for the first time, and we can’t wait to watch it!
In all my 35 years of life up until last December, I have never once camped in a tent overnight. Oh, I’ve been to many camps and mission trips over the years, but they all involved stays in dormitories or hostels, never the outdoor kind of tents that I would see in movies or read about in books. And I had no inclination to try anyway, since I’ve never been particularly nature-loving nor outdoorsy, but then God gave me two bug-loving, flower-plucking, ant-spotting, bird-watching boys, so…
We were invited to celebrate Inuka’s birthday yesterday morning at the Singapore Zoo! Yes, that little cub that our nation fell in love with is now the ripe old age of 26 years old – which is over 70 human years! Thanks to Wildlife Reserves Singapore, the boys got to be part of his birthday celebration at Frozen Tundra on Thursday morning (and spent a good half day at the zoo!).
Today, I watched the boys chasing their friends amidst jets of water under a blazing sun, and I marvelled at how a mere two years ago, both were afraid of the “scary water shooting”.
My friend and I had a decent chat over lunch while our five boys enjoyed their meal at a separate table.
They trooped, single file and noses to the ground, searching out every lizard, fire ant and pretty flower they could find, and even found a dead frog in the process.
We watched as the older two laughed at each other’s jokes, poured water into each others’ beakers, and went into the Gents together. These two, who have known each other all their lives – and now they are six.
And our second borns are at that age now, the age where they are losing their baby fats and picking up the mannerisms and attitudes of an almost 5yo. Wanting to be independent like their kor kors, but not quite ready for it yet.
A wistful sigh escaped my lips more than once, and I felt my heart torn in a way that has become familiar to me now. That longing that time would stand still and this moment could be captured forever, mingled with a sense of loss of the sweet innocence of babyhood, and a burst of pride that they have come this far.
Long before I could fully appreciate the wonders of live theatre, my heart was stolen by the likes of Holly Golightly, the Artful Dodger and Little Orphan Annie, thanks to the wonderful world of rental VCDs. It has been a good 15 years since I first watched the 1982 recording of ANNIE, and I was excited to see how the musical would bring this familiar classic to new life on the stage, for a whole new generation of viewers…
So after what seems like forever, I’m finally finishing up our Tokyo trip posts with our time at Disneyland and Disney Sea. It was a first for the boys and me (although my mum vaguely remembers they might have brought me to Disneyland when I was really young, but I seriously have no recollection of it and she’s not sure if she’s remembering that or Gold Coast, Australia, but anyway…) and definitely a great way to end our Japan holiday.