Hi, my name is Summer and I'm joining the 30s Club this year. I was born on a sunny island called Singapore where the sun shines generously all year round and I have also spent a good five years of my life in Sweden, a place where you can freeze your Coke on the balcony when winter comes.
I grew up in a HDB 3-room flat, which basically is a type of high-rise housing in Singapore where people stack over one another like Jenga. Yes, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth but I had a wonderful childhood because my mum taught me how to always be contented with life.
In school, I was blessed by lady luck for all my 16 years of education, acing my PSLE, GCE 'O' Levels, 'A' Levels before I finally obtained my Bachelor degree with second upper honours at the School of Communication and Information and a minor degree in Chinese.
Just when I was thinking I had an IQ of over 160, I probably suffered a head blow somewhere because I gave up my life and my career when I made an apprehensive decision to move to Sweden. I switched from a low-paying media job to a no-pay job as a wife. From drawing up complicated excel charts, churning out fanciful powerpoints and attending glam media events, my daily routine had a 360-degree makeover and the new one consists of cleaning, cooking, washing, and more cleaning, more cooking, and more washing. When I say more, I actually mean endless. Oh yeah, I officially have the most prestigious job in the world - a housewife.
In love, I married the man of my dreams. He's the guy who would give up his seat to any old lady on the MRT, help every stranger to lift their luggage up the stairs, give his last bit of savings to any friend in need. He's the one person who will always be there for me and even if the world comes tumbling down, he will find some way to make it the right way up again.
It was also because of my love for him that I decided to follow him to Sweden when he was posted there for military training. I've grown, spent a good portion of my life and earned countless happy memories in Europe.
Guess what? The best thing is, I'm been promoted from a housewife to a mother. Oh yeah, please add changing diapers, cleaning poo and boogers, bathing babies and singing lullabies to my to-do list. The most amazing thing is that somewhere deep down in me, I know this is the job that I've always wanted. No more chasing after the rainbow, for now thanks to my babies, I have one in my heart that for rain or shine, it is here to stay.
My dream is to be able to take care of my kids and pursue my passion in life. After going through pregnancy, childbirth and living in a foreign land, I have come to realise that I do not want to leave my kids in exchange for a boring office job that sacrifices my priceless family time. Kids are only young once, if you miss out on that, that's it, you know? That is why I started this blog. To be a stay-at-home-mum and yet be able to write and do DIY stuff. Well, for all my degrees and certs, they never taught me how to breastfeed or that methylmercury can harm a foetus.
So there if you have it. My life summarized in one single page. I'm now a jobless woman back in Singapore but ironically, I have the best job in the world. I do mean, the best of the best. I'm a M-U-M. And a very happy one indeed.
The 'A' Sisters
Meet Angel and Ariel, the gems in my life.
Angel was born on 21st November 2009 in Karlskrona, Sweden and is so called a "winter baby". At the young age of 3, she boasts an impressively long list of places she's visited, including over 20 european cities.
An avid animal lover, she is fascinated by anything that has fur, that crawls or has more than two legs. She will be the first to spot any ants in the house or moths flying in the air. She also loves music and dance, her favourite MTV being J.Lo's Goin' In where she tries best to mimic the moves and grooves.
Like every other kid, she has started to showcase classic temper tantrums like running around the house shrieking as if she's just seen an anaconda or crying till her tears parallel the Niagara Falls. Apparently she does it for no reason sometimes. Or maybe, for silly reasons like not giving her the knife to play with. But, the truth is, she is also the one kid who laughs at least 100 times a day and every time that happens, it warms my heart so deep and so real that it constantly reminds me that she is the sweetest thing that can ever be bestowed on me.
On 22nd December 2012, the little princess Ariel came along. At two months old, this baby girl has already stolen the hearts of many, including mine. She coos, she smiles and she even giggles when she sleeps. Ok, obviously she poos and pees too but I am not going into details there. If there is one word to experience how it feels like to be a second time mum, it's magical.
Although having two kids might make me twice as tired, I am also now twice as blessed. Yes, having a bigger family might mean half the time and half the money, but it also means double the love and double the happiness. I wouldn't change my life for anything else because the way I see it now, it's perfect.
No matter what, these two will alway be the angels of my life, the ones guiding me and giving me hope, the ones I want to protect, to hold and to love with every beat of my heart.