Do it with Pride!

Whenever I am in Japan, I am always impressed by the people.

There is something about the Japanese. They do things with pride!

In whatever they do, be it making desserts (like the one in above pic!), waiting on tables, doing sales, making sushi, designing objects…. it is always with a spirit of excellence.

I personally think it is because they take pride in what they do. It means they find meaning in their work and they believe their work makes a difference to others.

What a beautiful spirit – If my work matters to others, it matters to me!

If you are sick and tired of your work, maybe it is time to find new meaning in it; or find new work! : )

Have an awesome weekend!


Happy Birthday!

My dear, I want to wish you a lovely birthday!

A year of visions, faith and breakthroughs ahead!!

Donna & Toby, pls know that your papa is an awesome dad, hubby and man!

Donna, when you grow up, pls find a man like him.

Toby, when you grow up, pls be like him.

I love you my dearest! You are Awesome!

The Important things

” The most important things in life aren’t things. ” ~ Anthony J D. Angelo

Our life is full of distractions, commitments, responsibilities and things to do. On a typical day, one can easily be distracted by the most urgent to-do things or by shuttling from meetings to meetings.

Sometimes we even regard our family time as a task on our to-do-list.

The truth is the most important things in life aren’t things. They are our relationships.

Relationships with our partners, parents, our siblings, our children, our friends and loved ones.

I was just thinking aloud if we were to have a priority list – things that matter to us alongside with a to-do-list, perhaps it will help us appropriate our time and energy more wisely. Cos while we all only have 24 hours a day, we have a choice on how to use them -wisely!

Lock it up!

We were at Cinque Terre at the outskirts of Milan, Italy this April.

We went on a picturesque hike along a cliff facing the Mediterranean Sea. It was breathtaking and romantic.

As we walked along, we could see fences of lockers and when we closed in, we discovered that the lockers were symbols of love.

Couples would bring a locker along the hike and write their names and promises for each other on the locker. They would then find a spot and lock it up!

It is very symbolic!

We take love and our words too easily these days. We are taken in by lovey dovey sweet nothings only to realise that those are just -sweet nothings.

If we were to treat our words, our actions and promises in our relationships seriously…. we probably would not have so much heartaches.

It serves as a good reminder to us.

That every word, every promise should not fly away with the winds….

Our love for each other should be locked up forever!

Can you see it?

Totoro is an imaginary creature.

And legend has it that only a pure, innocent child can see it.

Adults are too complicated, too serious, too shrewd and too logical. Therefore adults cannot see many things that a child can.

Some things need no explanation and no reasoning.

Only believe, like a child does.

And magic will appear before you! : )

Big Little Girls

Someone once said, ” Mommies are just big little girls.”

I tend to agree : )

If I bore you with posts on mothers, I am sorry. But I really feel that mothers need lotsa encouragement and I feel that I just want to encourage all mums this season in time. : )

We become mothers the instant our baby is born. And without anyone teach us, we intuitively develop a nurturing spirit wanting to raise our baby in the best possible environment.

We do our best to care and nurture baby and baby just reaches milestones by milestones….till one point in time, he is ready to leave us (for half a day) for (pre) school. In our hearts, we look forward to him crying for us, unwilling to leave us for school. But on our lips, we say that we hope he will be strong and independent and walk straight into class.

When the latter happens, tears of joy (mixed with sadness) just flow down our cheeks. We claim that we are really fine, just too happy to see baby growing to independence.

We are merely Big Little Girls. On the outside, we may have aged, put on weight and look motherly. But on the inside, we are still who we are.

Like little girls who love to be pampered and loved, we crave on affection and attention from our baby, hubby and friends.

If you want to pamper us, treat us like Big Little Girls. : )