Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Voice

What a weekend!

It began with a wedding celebration - my cousin finally tying the knot. It was a beautiful evening of love, laughter, tears and joy. And the whole family partying the night away.

When I returned home, I was completely exhausted. My throat felt coarse and dry.

Had I been laughing and shouting too much? Hmm. The music was awfully loud to carry a decent conversation.

Oh dear, I lost my voice.

And to top it off, I picked up a chest cold.

Can you imagine the despair and frustration I felt; just trying to communicate?

I couldn't even talk.

And when I did, my voice sounded like Marge Simpson!

Mr.O told me I shouldn't strain my voice.

But I know my boys were loving every minute of it.

No commands, no hollering, no scolding and no singing.

Just silence.

Watch out boys! Luckily, I still have the look.

No words needed here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Some Books Take Longer To Read

"Mommy, how many pages are there in the book you're reading?"

"Oh, over seven hundred pages."

"Wow! And you're on chapter 50!"


To tell you the truth, it has taken me about a year to read this book.

I started it last December, and only read a few chapters. Honestly, I just couldn't get into the story.


Could it be the new author selected to finish the epic fantasy series?


I usually read books in a week or in a month. A year?  No.

During the summer holidays, I picked up the novel and once again, I lost interest.

Sigh. Will I ever finish this book? This is ridiculous!

I need to get over this, and move on.

So, last week before bedtime, I would read every night.

Finally, the storyline was more appealing. And I couldn't put the hardcover down!

On Monday, I completed the whole book. Yay!

I guess some books take longer to read.

No worries, I started the next saga. I wonder how long it will take me this time.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


A week ago it was Hallowe'en.

A.R dressed up as a Trojan warrior and J.P was "Harry Potter".

At seven o'clock in the evening, we took the boys along with their cousins around the neighbourhood. Oddly, the streets were quiet and it seemed not many children were out this year.

Where were all the kids?

Door to door, we made our way in the dark. Homes were decorated with pumpkins, scarecrows, spiderwebs and ghosts.

As we turned to a new street, a group of rowdy teenage boys came roaring passed us.

And to my amazement, they were all going trick-or-treating.

What? They're not even wearing costumes!

Are you serious?!

These freakish ghouls shoved their way to the front door to collect their loot.


And they paid no heed to the children; especially to my little boy who was the smallest, youngest and cutest of them all!

Luckily, home owners took notice of these scroundrels; and asked J.P to wait. They gave him extra chocolates and treats. Even taught him a new Hallowe'en song.

I was ecstatic!

As for J.P, he was oblivious to what was going on. He was happy to celebrate the most spookiest night of the year.

And gleefully shouted, "Happy Hallowe'en!"

Thursday, November 3, 2011


I've been pumping iron for three weeks now.

Can you believe it? Neither can I.

I'm not sure what possessed me to begin but I'm not turning back on my decision.

I didn't realize how much I missed weight training. I used to be a fitness freak in my twenties; working out and playing volleyball three times a week.

After having children, I stopped being physically active. Too busy. Too tired.

Sound familiar?


Don't get me wrong, I don't want to bulk up.

I just want to get leaner, stronger.

Besides, this forty-year old mama needs to take care of herself.

And that means daily exercise, and having a good diet. After reading this article I'm convinced that weight training is good for my health.

Honestly, I want to be in the best shape of my life.