a chance meet-up with kindreds

Today was our Church’s Coffee Social for the month. Mass finished at 10:30, our practice for the Nine Lessons at The Christ Church (Anglican) is at 11; but I queued for coffee and cakes so Yui could have a couple of cakes and have some snacks to fuel her up while waiting for me finish our choir practice.

I ended up eating 90% of the cakes (my planned diet tossed over the bin again) as little girl was having fun running around.

But I didn’t mind, because I was inspired while eating the cakes. I happened to share the table with a visiting couple from the US – a Filipina wife and a Japanese husband. The wife introduced herself and held out her hand to me first. I liked her even before she extended her hand (because of a sugar episode earlier while queueing).

We’ve talked for but 15 minutes. But I already loved the wife’s humour and nonchalance and elegance. The husband; he has twinkling eyes, a distinguished gentleman. A happy and contented face. They called each other “Hon”. And they already have grandchildren.

Our conversation was only 15 minutes. But it was more than enough for them to inspire me. To be infected with their positive aura. Certainly more than enough time for me to wish that I hope, someday, I’ll inspire in the same way, a young couple.

Yui’s cartoon strips: Super Yui

Super Yui catches a thief. Her secret to her superpowers: ketchup. Ergo, the hat.

Dragon Patrol Police helps her in protecting the city.

rubber plant #2


In the last six months, I have been very passionate about indoor plants. Oh the joy of seeing a new leaf starting to grow....! My family has already gotten used to the site of me sitting/standing in front of a plant, looking for new growth. They've also gotten used to me crying out excitedly/calling them to come and see the wonderful sight of new growth. But there has been a lot of fails; and it's so heartbreaking, seeing them die and shrivel by the day. Yui named her Ribbon. She's had three … {Continue reading…}

my little nonconformist


Dear Baby, There are times that I appreciate and love your non conformity. The guidebook shows six legs for the octopus. You insisted an octopus has eight. … {Continue reading…}

Ribboned Pumpkin


After choir practice, we happened to pass by a flower shop selling Halloween pumpkins. We never decorate for Halloween but on this one, we couldn't say no to you. You couldn't wait to get home because the florist gave you some stickers to decorate your pumpkins as well. You got six "faces" for free even when we only bought three pumpkins. I love the fact that you did not stick to the set faces and that you mixed and matched according to what suited you. But my favourite part is how you … {Continue reading…}

Mom, where’s the glue?!


Yesterday we received yet again one of those do-it-yourself crafts freebie from your daycare; more often than not, they actually come with advertisements. Nonetheless, the free crafts are worth it. I was busy in the kitchen, preparing dinner when you asked me where the glue was. I couldn't spare a hand (and eyes and feet) so I asked you to look for it yourself. You couldn't find it so you just tried to do something else. A couple of hours later while I'm cleaning the kitchen, you happily … {Continue reading…}