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.
Meet Angel, Ariel and Asher - the gems of my life.
My lovely Angel was born on 21 November 2009 in Karlskrona, Sweden and is so called a "winter baby". She boasts an impressively long list of places she's visited in Europe, which includes over 20 beautiful countries like Switzerland, Czech and Iceland. An avid animal lover, she is fascinated by anything that has fur, that crawls or has more than two legs.
Princess Ariel came along on 22 December 2012 and this smiley baby is my absolute bundle of joy. She coos, she sings, she smiles, she chuckles and she even giggles when she sleeps. In fact, she has the most infectious laughter in the house! She also loves, loves, loves to dance and can't help but get on the floor to shake her body every time she hears a song.
Baby Asher joined our family on 20 December 2015 and as our first boy, he changed the family dynamics in the house. We are now outnumbered by the kids and the girls are excited about having a baby brother to play with. This baby, with the way he breaks into a smile suddenly, the way he lays on my chest, the way he tugs at my little finger, the way he needs mama every five minutes, reminds me why motherhood is just so rewarding.
Although having three kids might make me thrice as tired, I am also now thrice as blessed. Yes, having a bigger family might mean less time, less money and less sleep, but it also means more love, more bliss and more joy. I wouldn't change my life for anything else because the way I see it now, it's perfect.
No matter what, the three of them 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.