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TIME: You've Earned this SUCK Bagde

The internet is down...again. And it's only been about slightly more than a week since we've switched to TIME internet and it's down again.

For a family who:

uses the internet for workrelies on the internet for entertainmenthave to be on top of everything using internet-based messaging systemabsolutely need high speed internet for gaming and videos we're appalled. For an internet service provider who boast of fastest internet speed, best value, 100% fiber, and seamless connectivity, this is definitely not what we expected. 
We thought it was an upgrade from our former service provider because we're definitely paying slightly more than we would have before the switch. 
And yet, here we are, relying on my mobile data (which my kids have run out of since the change) to keep either my work going or for my kids to stay connected to their friends. 
For us to pay TIME for their 500mbps package and get this time of speed, is it acceptable? 
I am writing this because I'v…
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Book: See Me (Nicholas Sparks)

It felt like the book was divided into two parts.

It has a slow and steady interlude that lulled me into thinking it was a romance sci-fi (sorta) by introducing me to the two main characters. 
I found Colin a little hard to relate to at first because of his violent tendencies and colored past and, I am sure all other readers found this to be true as well, I wondered if his violent tendencies would ever rear its ugly head again during a heated squabble. 
In the real world, the leopard doesn't change its spots, so, I had my doubts.

But I trusted Sparks to stay relatively on course with his previous works of The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. Authors are known to fish-tail once in a while or veer off track but even when they do, they generally don't make too big of a U-Turn.

The second half of the book was where I was taken by surprise.

Beyond the abovementioned two books from Sparks, I've not read the other books.

At first, the book took its time padding out potential futu…

Weekend Rewind: Anything by 3T (Music) (Video)

One for the weekend!

There are some songs that you listen to that effortlessly transports you back to when you were a kid. I am sure I am not the only who has this to say about this song: Anything by 3 T.

I had no idea this song had such an impact until I heard it on the radio. In my head, I was going all the way back to 1990s. Some guy sang it in a karaoke and although I don't remember his face but I definitely remember the way he sang it.

Or maybe it's just the song itself. Who knows.

Anyway, here's a rewind for the weekend! We're due to watch Toy Story 4 this weekend, wouldn't miss it for the world.

Lotsa love and hope you enjoy your weekend.

Update: A Second Look into College Life

I was visiting a college on Tuesday and although it is swankier than what I was used to, still, it made me want to become a student again.

It wasn't peak hour when I was there, so, there were not many excited students milling in and out of the classrooms, lounge areas, labs, the library or cafeteria. 

I saw small groups of students going up and down the almost-brand-new building in the elevator. That was it. 

I've always loved learning and being in college although I spent most of my college-day hours outside of class doing anything but studying. In my case, if I wasn't on the Law floor, my classmates can find me at the auditorium dancing and singing my life away. #LOL

What I love about college life is that there's a very otherworldly young, hopeful, ambitious vibe. The moment I stepped foot into its premise, I swiftly left the jaded life of being a responsible adult behind me and came face-to-face with a pleiotropic future full of potential, hope and dreams.

Anything was p…

KDrama: Bad Papa (2018)

I wasn't going to do this review until a little later because there are still some drafts sitting in my folder that's just screaming at me. But today's Father's Day and I think the timing is perfect.

I was a little into Jang Hyuk for a while because he's the kind of actor that doesn't quite fit the 'handsome, metro-sexual, too good to be true' actors flooding the Kdrama world right now. He's just an actor who is really serious about acting and is known for his meticulous role-picking. He's not getting younger (his words, not mine), and he's got to select his roles more carefully.

Also, I love the fact that he's a normal actor who appears to be quite a regular person who just so happens to love acting. He's your everyday guy from the next block who just likes boxing, acting and terrifies you with his horrible karaoke singing skills. #lol 😅😂😝 If you've seen enough pretty boys, sooner or later, you'll start thinking this way,…

Parenting: Is it Possible to Take Positive, Minimalist Parenting a Little Too Far?

I didn't even know minimalist parenting was a thing until I got a question from Quora and then read an article about it in Scary Mommy.

Apparently, it's a thing.

Back when I was a new parent when my first-born popped out of my womb, positive parenting WAS a thing.

It was a departure from traditional Asian parenting style, of course, because instead of whacking your child with a clothes hanger or the ever-famous rotan (rattan) every time he/she throws a hissy fit, you talk your child through his/her emotions, get his/her to express it, and then it will be all fairy tales and rainbows.

Positive parenting is more about parents who commit to being available to his/her child whenever possible, prioritization of a child over work in as many situations as possible, unconditional love, sustaining a peaceful household, providing affirmations, setting limits, and empathy.

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Update: The Awesome Aroma of Dinner at Home

I was writing in my journal about what makes people sentimental about stuff. One of the things that I wrote down, which surprised even me, was the smell of a home when dinner is cooking.

It's the aroma of something delicious (or boringly predictable) being concocted in the kitchen and when you walk in, the whiff of it comforts your heart.

And maybe that's why I love cooking something simple, no matter what it is, at home. We eat together, chat about mundane and stupid things, and then wash and pack things up together.

Then, we're ready for our own respective rooms, not to be seen again until the next morning. 😂 Maybe it's just in this household, huh?

A simple stew made with my instapot - chicken breasts, mushrooms and a full forest of spring onions in there. #lol. I am not sure if I have the time to update my cooking blog for this stew. It's great but the main feature is actually a product. Some people might not find it in their place of origin, so....hhmm...I'…

Happiness: Happy Monday! (Link)

It's Monday again and we all woke up bright and early without knowing it was a school holiday over here.

Guys, this is real life for a work at home mom. We don't really know what day it is and don't really have 'holidays' or 'weekends'. Everything's kind of jumbled up together in one giant puddle of something we call life.

Shit just needs to get done all the time and there are very few breaks. If there are breaks, we slide it into our already-packed schedule, somewhere between invoicing client and doing the laundry.

How we survive and make it, I don't know.

Anyway, it's Monday again and here's something VERY relevant I want to share. Why, oh, why do we hate Monday so?


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