Countdown to 2018 – Gratitude Doodles – #1 Grad to Pro

Less than 50 days.


Before make resolutions and celebrate the new year, let’s make a gratitude list of 2017.

Top of my list.

My daughter will finish university this year and step into a new phase of her life.

I am thankful that her hard work has been rewarded.

That she is a down to earth young woman.

That she has found new passions and overcome challenges in this past year.

That she has emerged a champion and a young Wonder Woman.

I drew a doodle of how I imagine her as a YO-PRO!


Treat Yo Self Part II

“Students are the hardest working people on this planet.” – according to students.

They deserve every mini celebration!

This post features my daughter Nadia who is *working hard* on her university final exams.

With a special appearance from Wellington the Bear, a trusty long time companion.

Guess How Much I Love You

My Dearest Nadia

Happy 23rd Birthday.

“I love you right up to the moon – and back.”

Mum xo

So Far So Close

Thanks to the internet, I could spend time with my daughter this weekend.

She has lots of work to do for her university studies, and I just kept her company while she did her work.

We also learnt a new word, PENUMBRA.

I enjoyed this weekend very much.


Happiness is… watching TV movies with someone you love

During my Christmas holiday, my mum and I would stay up late to watch TV movies.
Mostly European films, which are either slightly bizarre, exceptionally wonderful or strangely realistic.

Apart from the fun of watching some great movies, the best part was just sitting with my mum.
Since we do not live in the same country, we don’t have the chance to do this often.
And I found it very comforting to have my mother right next to me.

Now that I am back in HK, watching films on my own at home is a different sort of enjoyment.
I do miss having my mum next to me.

On a side note, I have also missed making my gratitude list.
So here’s one for today.

I am thankful for…

1. Waking up feeling well enough to go to work.

2. Having enough energy to last the entire day!

3. Having lovely people to support me in my workshop.

4. Having a group of enthusiastic participants in my workshop today.

5. Seeing my puppy go crazy with happiness when I come home.

6. Coming home to a clean and tidy house.

7. Knowing I will have family visiting me in the coming weeks.

8. Having a thermos of hot water to soothe my illness.

9. Having aspirin to ease my fever.

10. Doing work that I love and enjoy.


5th October, 2013 – The All Knowing Mum

In my daughter’s eyes, I am the All Knowing Mum.

Whenever she needs to know something, she would consult her walking encyclopedia, human dictionary and her source of all information – her mother.

The questions range from…
1. Where did you get these pens?
2. What times does the post office open?
3. If I get buried up to my head in wet concrete, would I survive if it hardened?
4. How are rocks made?
5. What’s that song that dad likes?

The last one in that list was what I got tonight.
She even sang/ mumbled a part of it, expecting me to know.

Whenever I tell her that I don’t know the answer to some of her questions, she would say “But you’re my mum!”
In her view, mums know EVERYTHING.
Well, HER mum does. Or is supposed to.

I try.

That’s what parents do.
They try.
They would do everything in their ability for their children.


2nd October, 2013 – Best Dinner Ever

Tonight I cooked steak for dinner.
I did my best and even though I was not so pleased with it, someone else was.

My daughter came to the kitchen after dinner when I had just finished doing the dishes and said the sweetest words.

“That was the best dinner you have ever cooked Mum!”

I am a happy mother.


Day 330-331 ~ April 30 – May 1, 2013

The best part about yesterday was knowing that today will be a holiday.
Labour Day – a much welcomed mid week break.

I am thankful for…

1. A very productive Tuesday.

2. Lots of people coming to dance at the Helena May.

3. A very nice birthday celebration for three colleagues born in May.

4. Feeling my muscles and my body ache.

5. Sleeping in on a Wednesday.

6. Hearing people compliment my daughter, and also her boyfriend.

7. Seeing my daughter at work, doing a great job.

8. Learning how to decorate cookies and cupcakes.

9. Exercising with my daughter.

10. Playing with my dog.

Today I went to the Open Day at my daughter’s work – Whisked Baking Studio.
It was quite fun learning how to decorate cupcakes, even though their main audience are kids, the adults had just as much fun.
Thank you Kathy and Nadia for a fun Wednesday afternoon.


Day 304 – April 4, 2013

Happy Children’s Day!

It’s a holiday here in Hong Kong today – Ching Ming Festival.
My daughter felt ill at 4:00 and none of us got much sleep, so it was a quiet stay at home day.

Today I am thankful for…

1. Finally getting my daughter to sleep so she could rest and get well.

2. My daughter waking up later on feeling much improved.

3. Grocery shopping and saving money by being smart!

4. My neighborhood green grocer’s for all the fresh vegetables and fruit.

5. Cooking a yummy meal at home and enough to pack for lunches tomorrow!

6. Deciding to go to bed super early to pay back my sleep deficit.

7. Going back to work tomorrow for one more day before the weekend again!

8. Your sweet reply.

9. My daydreams and my nightmares.

10. Possibilities.

Sleep is the best meditation.
Dalai Lama.


Day 237 – January 27, 2013

A Sunday that was well spent.
On this day, I am thankful for…

1. My feet – they are healthy and function properly.

2. Friends – that look out for me and they come to me when they are in need of me.

3. Dim Sum lunches – Hong Kong is a paradise for delicious delicacies.

4. Golden Oldies – old people are as adorable as babies.

5. Movies – films like Cloud Atlas, make you think, feel and wonder.

6. Karma – I believe in it.

7. My daughter – she knows me.

8. Books – they are constant reminders of love, knowledge and experience.

9. You – your trust in me.

10. You – for being a part of me.