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Learning to say good-bye

Our featured book this week is 'Owl Babies' (by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson) All my kids from babies, to toddlers and preschoolers just love, love, love this story. Even my two big school aged kids still enjoy listening to this story. The very first time I picked this story up to read to my kids, I thought it was such a plain and simple story. Three baby owls missing their mummy... waiting, waiting, waiting for her to come back. And when she finally comes back, everyone is happy again. That's it. That's essentially the plot. I wondered why the children were so eager to listen to this simple story so many times. Was it simply the three cute little baby owls in the story? Probably. Then just last week we welcomed another new little baby to the family *. It's been a rocky start, as it usually is with most children getting used to a new environment. All the other children were quick to point out whenever baby was crying and feeling sad. Why is baby c
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No longer young, not yet old

Recently I had one of those little lightbulb moments and thought of this... When it comes to ' adulting '... Your 20s are like the childhood stage of adulting, Your 30s are like the adolescent phase of adulting, And your 40s onwards are like the start of the grownup chapter of adulting. Sometimes in my musings, I like to imagine clever quotes or advice I might give to my younger self. There are many things that if I were to do again, I would have done differently.  So much of what I did in my early years was because I was trying to 'do the right thing', or to please others or impress them. Of course I would have vehemently denied it at that time. In my mind, I was always convinced that everything I did was for myself. But it's inevitable that a lot of what we do, especially when we are starting out in life, is outwardly focused. We are all wired that way after all. Humans are by nature social animals. We constantly try out different things to figure out how and wher

Stay fabulous darling!

Grace turned seven years old this month. We decided to keep the celebrations small and exclusive with just the family ( in light of the current situation happening all around ). It was a toss up between a day at the Perth Zoo or a visit to the Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm. Grace went back and forth on the options for days. Finally she chose the animal farm so she could cuddle some guinea pigs and rabbits. It was a fantastic day for the whole family! View this post on Instagram Celebrating Grace's 7th birthday at Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm A post shared by Serenely (@livingserenely) on Jul 11, 2020 at 10:04am PDT Her birthday cake request was a unicorn cake (which I pimped up myself ✌). Her other seven year old wish was to finally get some bling! 💠 What a sophisticated young lady she's growing into. These days she's also into Katy Perry and Taylor Swift; Leg


Blink. And it's now four months since our family holiday in Bangkok . I should chronicle some thoughts on this unprecedented time in history with the Covid-19 pandemic that is has brought the entire globe to it's knees. What has life been like for us these past few months, riding through this storm? Here's a month by month snapshot of what's been happening at our end. February... Coming back from our holiday, settling back into our routine for work and school. There were murmurings of the new Coronavirus in the background. But it was the start of the new academic year for the kids who were excitedly settling into their routine with their new teacher and catching up with old/new friends. A number of my daycare kids were starting kindy this year too, and I had a couple of new daycare kids I was happily getting to know. So it was all busy, busy, busy. We were on full steam ahead to take on the new year. The murmurings and news about the Coronav

The Journalist and The Story Seeker

For our latest epic family adventure over the holidays, we decided to check out busy Bangkok. These two happen to be the best travellers. They are game to go anywhere. Try anything. And eat (*almost) anything. With wholehearted enthusiasm. (*as long as it's not durian)  The thing I Ioved the most was observing their totally different approaches and takes on all the various new experiences during our holiday.  Here's how I frame it... The Journalist Grace is all about the facts. Seeking tangible experiences. Getting her hands (and sometimes feet) stuck right in. At the floating markets, she persuaded us to go for a boat ride down the klong. At Chatuchak market she spotted a big garish display of barbecued baby octopus and urged daddy to buy some to try. At one of the temples she spotted a monk offering blessings and unabashedly went forward to receive one too. She was the only one in the family who tried out the feet-tickling fish spa at one of the n

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