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!

Guess How Much I Love You

My Dearest Nadia

Happy 23rd Birthday.

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

Mum xo

Fierce Mama

Yesterday I was Snapchatting my daughter.
I still had my curlers in my hair and was making all sorts of faces.
(As you do, when Snapchatting …)

There was one photo where I thought I looked pretty fierce.
A selfie that was “shareworthy”, if there is even such a word.

Once I posted it on Facebook, I got lots of LIKES and my friends commented on how the photo is very “ME”.

It was interesting to know how my friends perceived me.
And I thought I’d make a doodle version of it.
And also share it here on my blog.

Fierce Mama with curlers on and ready to take on the world!



My mum’s Chinese New Year tradition

You know Chinese New Year is coming when my mum gets a perm.

This year, Chinese New Year falls on 31st January, 2014.
In anticipation of this most important celebration of the year, my mum always gets her hair permed.
It’s been like this ever since I can remember.

I love that my mum has these little rituals of her own.
You would never catch her changing her hair style any other time of the year.


3rd October, 2013 – Hang out with me!

My daughter has a slight cold.
She has been taking some medicine for it.
And it has a strange effect on her…

She keeps asking me to “hang out” with her….

Not that I don’t like hanging out with her, but it’s just cute and funny the way she does it.
Like a big baby wanting extra affection.
I guess when you’re sick, you want some extra tender loving attention.
Perhaps that’s what her “hanging out” means?

When was the last time you “hung out” with a loved one?
Do YOU ask for some hanging out time when you need it?
I know I for one need to learn to ask for some more.

Hope everyone is healthy.
Take care as the season changes.

With love,


Day 340-342 ~ May 9-11, 2013

I am thankful for my mother’s love.

I am thankful for my daughter’s love.

I am thankful for my niece’s love.

I am thankful that I am a mother.

I am thankful that I am a daughter.

It’s been a beautiful weekend and I am thankful.

Happy Mother’s Day.


Vice Mum

My daughter’s friend Bronte has stayed with us for one month.

One New Year’s Eve, Bronte and I shared a tender “mother/daughter” moment when she wished me happy new year, thanked me for her time here in Hong Kong and then she gave me the title of “vice mum”.

My imagination got carried away as I immediately associated the word vice with… Miami Vice, the vice squad, vice crimes…

And I wondered if I had really corrupted her over the past month?!

Turns out, it was of course a lot more innocent.


Cockroach Drama

A few nights ago, we had a close encounter with a giant cockroach.
(I exaggerate, and the doodle is definitely not in proportion to reality.)

With some team work and a lot of screaming, drama and bug spray, we got rid of it.
A plastic cup and a piece of cardboard were also ingenuously used in the process.

The cockroach was given a burial at sea (flushed down the toilet).
And I was able to sleep in peace that night.

My daughter asked me,”How did you get rid of cockroaches when I was not around?”
I replied, “With the same amount of drama and a lot more difficulty.”

Courage always comes when you are faced with a difficult situation alone.


Day 205 – December 26, 2012

1. I am grateful for a very peaceful night of sleep and proper rest.

2. I am thankful for the delicious dim sum lunch today with my friend Clover and her family.

3. I am thankful that I got to meet Clover’s sister Viola again after two decades!

4. I am thankful for the fun afternoon of bargain hunting with the girls.

5. I am grateful that we found somewhere to sit and rest when our feet got sore.

6. I am handful that my dizziness went away after dinner.

7. I am grateful for the adventurous exploration we had around the Temple Street market.

8. I am grateful that there are buses that take us home in less than 20 minutes!

9. I am thankful that my daughter has a very analytical mind and likes to work things out.

10. I am grateful that I have so much to look forward to.