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Coffee

July 24, 2017

When coffee is a MUST.

Literally, there are days when you just want to drink a full liter of coffee.

Today is one of those days. I couldn’t sleep well last night, I woke up every three hours to breastfeed Tyler. Josh slept next to me and he would move around so much I had to literally lift him up and put him back. My legs felt like they were going to fall off. My arms felt like they were going to break every time I had to lift Tyler up. During the last feeding, I stayed up during the whole time in between feedings and to sleep when Tyler slept after 8 am. My routine has been messed up even before giving birth to Tyler and now it’s even worse.

I usually drink a cup of coffee during the morning. Right when I wake up, I usually have a cup during breakfast or I drink a cup between 10 am – 11:30 am. During the last couple of days, I’ve had to drink another cup during the afternoon, so that I can try and stay awake.

Three kids and a house that’s the size of a high school classroom doesn’t really satisfy everyone’s needs. The only way we can all stay alive and be mentally fit is if we go somewhere during the day or if the kids all nap at the same time. Now that the kids are on summer break, it’s even worse. Just typing this makes me want to close my eyes and sleep right now.

When I had Josh and when it was just the two of us during the day, Josh would play, eat when it was time to eat and sleep really well. He didn’t really give me a hard time. His tantrums didn’t really start until he turned two and now that I look back, he was just a really good baby. Andrea, on the other hand, was really a sensitive baby. She didn’t sleep during the day, she didn’t sleep during the evenings too. She wanted to be held all the time and she would want a feeding every 1.5 to 2 hours. She cried so much that her voice was gone by week 3. Doesn’t that just say it all? A baby, 3 weeks old, losing her voice cause she cried so much. She was breastfed until 22 months and she didn’t sleep through the night until she was about 18 months old. Going through two totally different kids, Tyler is like an angel. Doesn’t really cry much. Would feed, play a bit and then sleep. He’s two months old and already he sleeps through the night. Only cries when he wants to be held right before a nap. Isn’t really fussy at all and sleeps so well it’s amazing.

But with two other kids running around during the day (even though they go to bed around 8 pm) Tyler can’t get much sleep during the day with all the noise. It’s like he can only get good solid sleep during the night when the whole world is quiet. With an infant in my arms and two kids running around or fighting all the time, it’s like life is a big mess. A big gigantic MESS BALL.

And that’s why I need my coffee. A good cup of coffee every morning so that my mind won’t get thrown into the trash. It might not exactly be COFFEE that keeps me together but I’d like to think that it is. Because during those few minutes that I get to drink my coffee, I get to just focus on that one cup of coffee and nothing else. Thanks to my mother in law.

Uh, I feel like after this, I’ll need another cup.

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The Blind Side

June 20, 2017

Today I sat on the cold floor of our room, in the corner, watching my infant sleep in his crib, going back and forth between him and my small little iPhone, I watched the movie “The Blind Side”.

I remember seeing the preview for this movie and I remember thinking to myself how an obvious, touching movie this would be. It would probably just be one of those movies where a white, rich and smart woman helps out a poor black boy. Well, I thought wrong. This movie opened my mind, it opened my thoughts and made me think.

This woman opened doors for this young man, took him in (in her house literally) and changed his life. She became his legal guardian, basically adopted him and made sure he got a chance in everything a young person deserved. A chance in things most kids take granted. Education, a home, a family. LOVE.

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As I watched the ending credit for this movie, I thought to myself..

What can I do for my children?

What door can I open for my children?

Am I a good parent?

Am I a good person?

Am I doing the right thing?

So many questions came up on my mind, I asked myself so many questions but couldn’t answer one of them. Not a single question. I couldn’t answer a single question. It was like I was taken into “zone out mode” and just kept asking these questions to myself that I couldn’t even answer.

I have been thinking Josh a lot lately. He’s changed. Like all kids, he’s changed since going to kindergarten in Korea. AND I HATE IT. I hate how he talks and acts. Why? Korean kids have this tone of voice that they ALL DO. Josh was doing it. He sang like all the other kids, he talked like all the other kids and he was turning into… well.. this kid that seemed so… NOT MY JOSH. The innocent, sweet and charming child that was always so bright and charming was changing into .. well.. just one of those other Korean kids that always asked weird questions, talked in the bit rude tone of voice and was getting very annoying. It was like I had some control over Josh in Singapore but now in Korea I didn’t. It was like.. I don’t know he just seemed so distant. It was as if I had no control over him. Not that I’m trying to make him into anything but my thoughts and standards are still pretty firm.

As I had Josh and as hi turned one, I promised myself that I would 1. always be there for my child not matter what, 2. make sure they live in a good, clean environment and 3. always be loved.

No this list is getting longer. I feel like I have number 4 and the numbers keep rising. I want them to be able to run around freely, I want them to be able to choose what they want to do and how to do it. I want them to be able to live freely and have the brains to choose wisely. I want them to have a good education and I want them to be able to enjoy life.

While watching this movie, I found myself thinking…

“what in the world am I doing to make sure this so called list is achieved?”

This woman was already successful, she had a great house, a GREAT outfit and lived the ideal successful life. She already had everything to be able to PROVIDE to others. Not that this movie was about her and her success but it made me think AGAIN, do I have to make lots of money to be able to give my children those same options? Do I have to be successful and have a “place” in life where my voice will be heard and noticed?

Hmm…

As I sat on the floor and watched this movie on my iPhone, all these things came up in my mind and I could only come up with one conclusion.

GOD.

Money could probably help my kids, a title on a slick business card could probably help my kids but it all came down to that one word, GOD.

People say the phrase “Good lord, help me. Oh my God please (blah blah blah)” so I decided to rely on my God and pray for my kids. Pray for them and pray for me. So that I could hear God’s voice when he talks to me and make sure that I take his lead. Make sure I listen to him and be careful not to drive my kids crazy. Cause I know in some situations I’m going to have conflict and want to make them into something I want them to be, not what they want to be.

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“Really Really”

June 12, 2017

I used to love to listen to K-Pop. It was like one of those things that I just HAD TO DO. As if it was something I was obligated to do I would download the top 100 songs every week, and listen to every single song. I would look up the lyrics and memorize each song.

No one told me to do this, no one pressured me to memorize the songs but I did it.

To keep up with the “new generation”. I didn’t want to be the girl who didn’t know any of the songs.

I wanted to be the girl who sang many many popular songs at karaoke.

But as soon as I got married and had kids, that all just slipped away. It was just something stupid. It was a waste of time and it was meaningless to me.

But once in a while, when I would come across a song or two on the street I would want to download the songs and listen.

Usually, I listen to classical music, praise songs or just pop. But once in a while, I would hear a song on the street from one of the stores that are blasting the audio and download K-Pop songs to listen to. WINNER’s empty was one of them and now…

WINNER’s REALL REALLY is another one of the songs that have made me click the download button and drag into my iTunes library.

I guess WINNER is a K-Pop group that’s on the top of my list.

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A TWOSOME PLACE COLD BREW | 투썸플래이스 콜드브루 원액

April 5, 2017

I seriously have NO idea why they named this coffee shop ” A Twosome Place”. Is it just me that thinks this name is weird???

When I first mentioned this to Kaden, Kaden said to me that this coffee shop was a pretty famous place. I was like, “WHAT?!”.

But now, I’m used to it. It’s still weird to me. But I’m used to the fact that it’s a weird name and it’s a bit less weird if you say it shortened in the Korean way that everyone in Korea says it. Everyone just calls it Twosome. As in 투썸. Which does seem a bit better cause the word twosome does mean a pair or a pair of people together. I just think putting “A” and “Place” before and after is a bit awkward. It’s like saying it’s “a pair of people place”. I don’t know, maybe I’m just really weird.

Anyways, when I first went to Twosome, I fell in love with their cakes. Their cakes were not too sweet but soooooo delicious that every time Kaden and I would go to this “place’ for coffee, I would order a slice of cake no matter how full I was. I would try a different slice every time I went and would want more. It was like one slice was never enough. Then I fell in love with their Royal Milk Tea. It was the best milk tea I had tried (hot or iced it didn’t matter) and a slice of cake with a cup of milk tea would just be the best treat for me.

I was a “Starbucks Girl” if you know what I mean. I would always drink Starbucks coffee when I was out and nothing else. Well, if I was in Canada then I would either have Starbucks or Tim Hortons. When I first came to Korea, there wasn’t a Starbucks near my place. There was only “A Twosome Place” and a local small coffee shop that a lady ran by herself. So I really didn’t have a choice on my way to work. Then after I moved in with Kaden, I went back to Starbucks. It was like I had returned home.

Now, it’s back to Twosome. There isn’t a Starbucks near my in-law’s place, but there is a Twosome. Recently, when Kaden and I went to have some coffee. We found out that they had a new menu called the Cold Brew coffee. It was the best black coffee we had tried in a while.

So when we heard that they sold the extract of the cold brew coffee for 14000 won KRW, we bought a bottle and brought it home.

This bottle of the coffee extract is good for 6 months in the fridge and is easy to make. Mix the ratio at 1:4, the extract 1 and water 4.

I love the flavor of this coffee so much that I want to drink two cups a day. I try and hold back, though. If you’ve tried this already, you probably already know that there’s a hint of chocolate flavor in this coffee. I love that. It’s not the sweet chocolate taste but the scent of cocoa. The coffee itself is very bold but very smooth and is really easy to drink. Very rich in flavor but not too strong and bitter.

This cold brew coffee from Twosome is right now, currently, my favorite coffee and I wish I could send some to Canada for my friends to try.

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Alone Time

January 15, 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve sat at a coffee shop, alone, just me, with earphones on and just focused on my blog or something along that matter. With my own music on, I’ve been sitting at this coffee shop with a cup of cappuccino (obviously no sugar) changing the colours of my blog and planning out what projects I’m going to be participating in this year.

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Macbook Pro

December 17, 2016

My Christmas present this year is a Macbook Pro 13 inch.

I love the fact that I now have a laptop to work on!!! YAY!!!! Finally! After more than two years without a Mac, my blogging and literally my LIFE had changed. Things were uncomfortable on a PC and Windows wasn’t so friendly. I now know I am addicted to MACs and the OS system of a MAC.

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Finding a Maternity Clinic in Singapore

September 5, 2016

So…!!! It’s been just a couple of days since we found out we are having another child. What a great blessing. I always wanted to have three kids and God has blessed us with three!!!!

I haven’t started my morning sickness yet (fingers crossed that it won’t be as bad as the last two pregnancies) and I also hadn’t decided on which clinic to go to. But then I remembered when I had Andrea. I had searched and searched on google for a good doctor and I couldn’t find any reviews or doctors that attracted me (I don’t mean attracted me with looks or anything I was simply just reading reviews of doctors so don’t take it the wrong way).

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Then I remembered going through a list of reviews on the Korean cafe community Mom’sHolic on Naver.com. I stumbled across one mother-to-be’s review about a female doctor that made sure she felt comfortable and relaxed through her full 9 months. She ended up giving birth in Korea due to personal reasons but she said that Dr Wendy had helped her feel great through her first pregnancy.

At that time Dr Wendy was at Ang Mo Kio’s AMK as Thomson Medical Women’s Clinic. I went to her for my first Ultra Sound and confirmation of pregnancy screening. I remember her being super down to earth, very calm and soft spoken. But very on the dot and good with explaining details I couldn’t remember of my first pregnancy.  So I decided to go to her again!

http://www.wendywomensclinic.com.sg/

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Contact Info 
Dr Wendy Teo Shun Hui  
Mt Elizabeth Hospital Novena
38 Irrawaddy Road,
#08-42
Singapore 329563
Telephone : 6250 1685
HP : 9118 9636 (Office Hours)
   
Email : enquiry@wendywomensclinic.com.sg
   
Clinic Hours
Mon – Fri : 9:00am – 12:30pm
  : 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sat : 9:00am – 12:30pm
Sun & Ph : Closed

I haven’t called to make my appointment yet but if you’re in Singapore and you’re looking for a maternity or women’s clinic I suggest you check her out!

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Things I don’t like doing

September 1, 2016

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One of the things I don’t like doing is ironing. Another thing I don’t like doing is sewing by hand. Using a sewing machine, I can do. Sewing by hand, I hate. I don’t know why but ironing and sewing by hand are two things that I don’t like doing.

I don’t like doing things that require repetitive actions. I don’t like doing things that make my mind drift into a blank canvas.

I also don’t like spending 2 hours on something that could be done in 5 minutes by a professional. If the cleaners didn’t cost this much money, for instance in Korea it’s only $2 per shirt, I would just send it off to them.

As a homemaker, this is one of my duties and it’s one of my jobs that I have to do. So I just do it. I suck it up and just do it. But if I had the choice, I wouldn’t. Never.

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That’s why when Kaden goes out and makes purchases like these, I get mad. I would say to him “stop buying clothes that I have to iron!!”. I know it’s may sound really selfish, but right now, ironing is something I want to avoid every day.

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One of the other reasons I hate doing these two things is the safety of the children. If I want to iron or sew, I have to do it when the kids are sleeping or when they are doing something that requires super high focus levels. Or else they’ll come over to me and ask me what I’m doing, what does this do, what is this for etc etc. Josh already almost touched the iron and I never want to go through that safety hazard ever again.

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That’s why yesterday and today, all I did was iron and sew during the mornings. The kids would be eating their snacks or drawing or playing with sand outside. I would be ironing… or sewing…

UH!

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…. and … its over

August 28, 2016

It was one of the most highly anticipated Korean dramas of this year. Not only was it getting publicity before it even aired but when rumours and spoilers (of the cast, not the storyline) leaked, it became an issue in an instant. The famous and award-winning actress Jeon Do Yeon was going to be playing the main character. She had only been shoot movies for a while and it was going to be her “big bang” coming back to the TV screen. With the famous and line up of cast members, this was going to be big, and it was big.

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The story started off pretty average. It felt very similar to the original American series, nothing seemed too different or off. It went very smooth and very similar to the original. However, slowly and with intricate details, the actors facial and emotional expressions showing the difference between a North American POV and Korean (or should I say Asian) POV, the cast was able to pull this off and create a series of their own. Yes, the bone and marrow of the story were the same as the American version but it was different in many different ways and in good ways.

During the 16 episodes, there were times when I thought to myself “what? this is the same as the original. I should just skip through this episode”. However, every single time that thought came into my mind, something about the storyline or the characters made me watch it. All the way through, without skipping.

Overall, it felt like it was a shortened, condensed, and bolder version of the original. But they did a good job of making the characters come to life the “Asian” way. One of the characters that really surprised me was NANA from Afterschool who played KIM DAN. This was the character Kalinda in the original who plays the law firm’s investigator. NANA had many concerns up her sleeve cause it was her first time acting and people were saying how, since she used to be a singer, that she wouldn’t be able to do a good job. However, that turned the table in the first episode. She was bang on. In her own style and in her own very sexy way.

YOON GAE SANG who played SEO JOONG WON was totally different than how Josh Charles played Will Gardner. He was more strict, down to earth and had a bit more sex appeal. It was in his facial expressions and the details he focused on that made him different. In that 0.5 second moment of letting out his love and affection for KIM HAE KYUNG played by JEON DO YEON was so well played that it even convinced me of how complicated everything was for this character. The fact that he did feel something for her but that he didn’t want to show it. The fact that there was a link between them, something was going back and forth, and that you could see it just by looking at the way they looked at each other was amazing. These little details were so well played out by both actors that it was surreal.

YOO JI TAE playing LEE TAE JOON who is Peter Florrick in the original was very, very different than Chris Noth. If Chris Noth was more on the soft looking on the outside but intelligent and intricate on the inside. YOO JI TAE was smart, fast, and had that very sharp intricate detail in his eyes. He was more agressive that Christ Noth and more on the dangerous side. This actually gave the story more depth and gave me a weird attachment to the story. I always ended up thinking “what would he do next, what the heck does that man have under his sleeve this time!?” and it was in a good way. It drew me more and more into the storyline.

One of my favourite characters was KIM SUH HYOUNG playing SUH MYUNG HEE, which is the character, Diane Lockhart in the original. Although SUH MYUNG HEE was a much younger character than Diane, this character was on the dot all the time. Not taking crap from anyone. Even her brother SEO JOONG WON. She was very strict, always on top of the ball game with her smart brains, this character was very strong and charismatic. She believed that a lawyer must always act on the truth and the facts. No emotional attachments should be made with a client, very different than JEON DO YEON’s character who made an emotional attachment to all her clients. KIM SUH HYUNG was born for this role. It was like this charcter was made with her in mind. She played it so well I almost fell in love with her!

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The whole storyline overall made me, as a housewife want to get out and work. Build my own career and start over just like the “GOOD WIFE”. I guess I was more attached to this one than the original cause it was targeted for Koreans. The morals and standards that they went with were more for the Asian-minded. I’m not saying it was a bad thing but it was very nicely worked out and played. Good story line and good cast worked their magic and made me count down then time to Friday nights.

The ending, though. Are they going for season 2? Is that why? I don’t know. It was very open, very on-going and didn’t seem like an ending.

However, the last curtain call. Oh, my. What a brilliant idea!!! It was like I was seeing a curtain call after watching a play at the theatre or something. Wonderfully planned and it literally made me clap (although I was only watching this on my laptop).

Good work tvN. You did well. Hopefull this is going to continue on with “GOOD WIFE Season 2”????