30 January 2015

A Beautiful Mess

Let’s grant ourselves the permission
to be a beautiful mess every now and then.

Know that it’s absolutely okay
to be perfectly imperfect.


28 January 2015

The Sky Is Everywhere

Once in a while, I love to check out Young Adult books.  After this one that I just finished, I think I might do that more often.  I don’t remember from where, how or when I first heard about The Sky Is Everywhere (by Jandy Nelson). I don’t even remember reserving it at the library, but apparently I did, because I’d received a collection notice for the book.  As soon as I started it, I was hooked.  I brought it along with me wherever I went and would pull it out to read whenever I had the chance –while waiting in the car to pick up the kids, while on the train, while on the bus.  I didn’t care that others would see me chuckle to myself or wipe tears from my face.  I love the quirky little poems and also how they’re scattered and “found” throughout the book.  I love the cool dorkiness.  If you want a great read, definitely check out The Sky Is Everywhere .



27 January 2015

Standing Still

Sometimes life seems to just flash by.
Everything is just boom-boom-boom, let’s-go, next!
Most days, that’s me.
That’s part of the reason why I love Hong Kong,
where everything moves at a frenetic pace, it seems.
I like that. I like efficiency.
Sometimes we just need to stand still…
and feel.


23 January 2015

Impromptu Hike

I got out of the train, saw a couple looking at their phone and their tablet, obviously tourists.  I walked up to them asking if I could help.  It turned out that they were looking for the War Veterans Cemetery.  Right before I got off the train, I was thinking to myself that I should walk around and take some pictures, seeing that I already had the camera out with me.  I offered to lead them to the cemetery myself and once there I decided to walk the hiking trail all the way home –in my high-heeled boots, up and down the trail, let me add. If I’d taken the minibus, I could’ve been home in less than 10 minutes.  Instead, it took me 1.5 hours.  Painful though my feet are now, I’m glad I did what I did.  Because…. look what I found!


21 January 2015


When someone lets me cut in on their lane, I make it a point to raise my hand to acknowledge their kind gesture.  I appreciate it, too, when they do same when I let them in.  A favor deserves a thank you –in whatever form one can manage.  It really does make my day when I see bus drivers raise (or wave) their hands when another lets them in.  There’s nothing like a little road courtesy and kindness to keep the good vibes going.


19 January 2015

He Is 10!

A very special boy turned 10 today.
A boy from whom I’ve learned much --
about being a parent, about myself,
my capacity for loving,
about kindness,
about being big-hearted.
I've also learned about Minecraft,
Match Attax cards,
techno music,
and some pretty cool songs.


He makes me so proud,
yet at the same time, humbles me.

Josh collage

Happy birthday, Josh.

16 January 2015


I wish that just by looking at this picture, I can feel the warmth of the fire.  It’s been pretty cold here the last few days.  I know it’s nowhere near as cold as where most of you are, where it’s snowing and all, but 11oC is pretty cold for here. 


14 January 2015

I used to shy away from shooting in the too-bright sun, but now I actually love what it gives me.  Especially when there are objects to partially block it, giving me some great shadows to offset the brightness.



13 January 2015

Just Because

Just because you see someone alone doesn’t mean that she is lonely. Just because a person is old doesn’t mean that she is not capable.  Just because I volunteer does not mean that I have tons of free time on my hands. Just because people do not speak up doesn’t mean that they do not care.  Just because you can doesn’t mean that you have to.


09 January 2015

Pizza, Please!

I am not a huge fan of pizza.  Josh is, though. He can eat a whole pizza by himself!  When my parents were here, my mom made pizza and the kids went to town with the toppings.  We  made three. The kids each got to “decorate” one and did the other one together.  ZoĆ« did a Hawaiian –lots of pineapple chunks and ham.  Josh’s one was covered with salami.  I think this one below might be the last one –the one they did together, where they just threw in everything that was left!


07 January 2015

Being Intentional

I haven’t picked up my camera much over the holidays. I mean, I got the usual Christmas opening-of-gifts snaps and a few here and there, but those were more shots of situations that called for pictures.  I did not set out or really planned for them.  They were more or less taken on auto-pilot mode.

Today, though, the weather was good and I just felt like… well, more like I felt I needed to take out my DSLR and go out and take photos. I made sure my battery was charged. I made sure I had my water with me. I made sure that I had on something with pockets (you know, for the lens cover). I set out with clear intent.  To take photos. I didn’t take too many shots, but I feel pretty happy with the few that I got and how they turned out.


(Also linking with Little Things Thursdays and Black and White Wednesday.)

06 January 2015

2015 – Bring It On!

Almost a week into the new year and I still don’t have my word.  Maybe I won’t have a word this year.  Maybe I’ll have a few.  What I do know that is I want to be more mindful this year, more intentional in how I live, how I parent, how I love.  Oh, and in the thick of it all, I have to remember to breathe.  With this in mind, I’m ready for you, 2015!!  Bring it on.


01 January 2015

2014 had been a lovely year.  It went by in a blur… it’s like we went from January to December in a blink!  It’s been a while since I last played along to this meme, but I thought it might be fun to jump in again.  So here goes!

1. Me! / 2. I Love You

3. Still Laughing… – The little girl running off with Josh’s shoes!

4. Winter Wonderland
5. Birthday – My birthday breakfast, prepared by the kids!

6. Friends  - So nice to have cousins who are also great friends…

7. I Was Inspired…

8. Spring Fever

9. Vacation – Every summer when we visit Canada, we make it a point to go blueberry-picking.

10. Summer Days


11. A Day In My Life

12. All Smiles

13. Autumn

14. Family is when you keep your sister company when she is feeling under the weather.

15. Celebrate!  - She is now able to make it all the way across, our little chimp!

16. Let’s Do It Again… – Josh did the Team Fear Junior Challenge for the second year this year and he can’t wait to join again next year!

17. I Miss You – The cousins see each other only once a year…

18. Beautiful

19. Dress Up

20. Macro

21. Holidays – Lots of holiday baking going on around here this time of the year…

22. My Favorite

23. Don’t Ever Change – May they always stay close and be there for each other.

24. Just Because…So There!

25. Hopes and Dreams for everyone –
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields….
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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