Chit Chats

Mothers Day – Dreams Do Come True

May 14, 2017

I’m always very sentimental on Mother’s Day. As we sat over our Sunday brunch this morning. I told my five-year-old daughter, Finley that I celebrate today with her, because it was she choosing me as her mama that allowed me the honour of becoming a mother. So I celebrate this gift and this day with her. The best thing that ever happened to me – becoming a mother.

For seven years in my late twenties, I grieved for not being a mother. I went through an up and down time in my life of being successful in business and entrepreneurship, but wasn’t able to conceive a child naturally. It was heartbreaking and a painful time in my life. But life went on. Life was still somewhat happy. I was resilient.

I will share the full story another time, when I am ready, but it was an up and down period in our life. Sometimes I was happy, sometimes despondent, angry; and other times I just threw myself into work; Sometimes life was normal. But, I never gave up hoping that one day it would happen.

Then, one day in 2011. Just before heading to a business meeting, I did a test and found out I was pregnant. A miracle. It took a while for me to believe, but nine months later, the best day of my life happened. Finley came into my life. Finley, the light-haired warrior.

I am certainly not the perfect mother, and life gets busy so its often easy to forget how lucky I am. But every birthday, anniversary and Mothers Day,  I am reminded wholeheartedly looking into Finley’s eyes or touching her skin, how blessed I truly am. Dreams really do come true. I am the luckiest mama on the planet and feel so honoured to be a parent.

Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers, caregivers, mamas-to-be, and mamas trying to become a mother. Never give up hope.

Bali Life, Travel

Boxing Day in North Bali

December 30, 2016

After a quiet Christmas Day, we packed up the car on a family road trip to North Bali via the mountains. This was our first visit to Pemuteran with Finley mainly as it is a bit of a trek at almost four hours from Ubud. We took the long way from Ubud via Bedugal and past the very windy road towards GitGit Waterfalls on to Singaraja and Lovina to North West Bali. It took us almost four hours door to door and arrived at our resort just before dinner time. We were very happy to get into our joglo-style little room for three nights. We headed straight to the beach for dinner.

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Bali Life

Lessons In (Attempting to) Leave Well

May 24, 2016

It’s coming to the end of the school year and everyone is finalising their plans for the summer – arranging holidays in Bali or back ‘home’ or away, and making final decisions about whether to stay in Bali, repatriate or move on to other adventures. The transitional lifestyle seems to be more prevalent in Bali than in Singapore, with expatriates here choosing to stay for shorter sabbaticals rather than longterm stays. So there are many more farewells.

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Bali Life, Parenting

Our Family Day of Silence

March 11, 2016

Imagine a Day where you could connect and nest as a family with no screens, no cars and no lights in the evening.

Well that’s what we have just experienced here in Bali for Nyepi, the Balinese Day of Silence. A beautiful day to reflect, replenish and watch nature come alive as noise and air pollution is at a halt.

Nyepi (pronounced Nyea-pee) marks the start of the Balinese Caka New Year and falls during a new moon. This year Nyepi also fell on the same day as a solar eclipse, so it was quite remarkable. This was our third Nyepi since we moved to Bali. Continue Reading…

Travel

Nothing Like The British Summertime

November 25, 2015

“There is nothing more beautiful than England in the summer,” said Germaine Greer at the introduction of her talk last summer when I saw her speak in Wiltshire, England. It was a heat wave, and the small artshouse venue was packed in the balmy summer evening, so the weather was bound to have been a topic of conversation for her.

Germaine Greer Speaking

Germaine Greer Speaking

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Bali Life

Upside Down Bellies, Jet Lag & Geckos

October 7, 2015

It’s almost three weeks since we flew back to Bali from Europe and we are finally in a rhythm with the time difference and I’m slowly catching up. We’ve moved into a new house, re-started school and got back to work.

My four year old Finley (Fpop) suffered her first real dose of jet lag after this trip. Fpop has been a great traveller since she was three months old on her first long haul flight from Singapore to the UK via Dubai. So we’ve been through this a few times. But on this particular route East to Bali via Amsterdam and Singapore, she slept almost nine hours on the flight. At the time, letting her just keep sleeping, felt like the right thing to do. I think I was to happy having peace and quiet and enjoying a quiet class of wine with a movie while she sprawled next to me. Especially since it was an evening flight. But just as we landed in Bali and it was then evening and a bright eyed Finley woke up, I thought to myself – uh oh. I didn’t plan this well. Here we go.

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Travel

Summer Fun In the Cotswolds

August 4, 2015

(Pictured above: Beach at Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock, Wiltshire)

We were completely spoiled with the weather during our visit this summer to England, not to mention blown away by the quality of parks and free things for children to do. I lived in Bristol and Wiltshire for a few years in the 90’s, so I’m pretty familiar with this area.  Continue Reading…

Travel

Our Scoot Around London

July 20, 2015

Our first grey, drizzly day out since we arrived here in blighty for the summer. We have literally been non-stop since we got here two weeks ago. So after an incredible time at our friends’ wedding in the Oxford Cotswolds, we popped into London for two days to visit my brother and I thought I’d take the little one into the city to go to the museum for the day while my other half had a business meeting. Continue Reading…

Education, Green School Adventures

Our First Year in Preschool At Green School Bali

June 23, 2015

As we start to say our farewells at school and get ready for our first trip back to the UK since we arrived in Bali.  I feel ready to reflect on an incredible year for Finley at her pre-school.

We have been incredibly fortunate to have experienced two little holistic schools since we arrived in Bali. The first wonderful experience was at Pelangi School in Ubud and this year at Green School where my husband now teaches. Green School is well known around the world for its incredible architecture, focus on sustainability and the community-inspired vision from its founders John and Cynthia Hardy.

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Travel

Road Trips Off The Beaten Track

June 1, 2015
Bali Rice Paddies

As a family, we’ve had our fair share of global travel. Our three year old has been to something like 15 countries (at the last count), but having our feet on the ground at the moment for Green School and our Bambajam project means it has been easy to get into routine.

Scheduled classes, commutes to work and school, meetings, online working and errands – all packed into the week and it feels like Monday rolls around again too quickly. It’s wonderful to have a routine and flow, and our three year old (fpop) is totally thriving with the predictability of our weekly routine, but it’s also nice to disrupt that routine, do something different, especially to get your creative juices flowing. Continue Reading…