Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Grading

My not so little man took his third violin grading yesterday. 

Like any mom, I worry whether he would get exam anxiety or if he would feel stressed about the process. 

But the fella surprised me.

You see, ever since they started lessons, all I wanted was for them to enjoy their classes. We have had our fair share of bumps along the way as they either changed teachers or when Jake swapped instruments and moved on to the piano. But the end goal was always to find a right teacher for them. Which I am happy to note that they are both really lucky to have. 

So back to the grading, he was quite irregular with his practise in the months leading up to the exam. But somehow in the last month, he really started putting in effort to master the songs and memorize his scales. ( I did tell him I love the songs he picked and I think that motivated him to want to play them better) It wasn't all easy but the songs started sounding really lovely. 

I was caught by surprise the determination this boy had. 

So when he got home yesterday, he quickly went to shower, changed into his concert outfit and immediately started running through his routine. 

Aiyoh... In that moment, I almost teared. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. My baby was all grown up. 

I saw how calm and collected he was when he went in for his test. He absolutely did his best. I was very proud. 

Seeing that accomplished look on his face shows that he knew that all that hard work has paid off! 

And as for this mama here, phewz, one grading down. ( i was hoping there wouldn't be anymore but my son came out and said let's do grade 4 now?! O_O why don't we play some songs to expand your repertoire, kiddo?!!) 

So time for a short trip! ;)

Friday, March 21, 2014


Phew, so 2014 came along and whoop me from the behind. (Hence the lack of updates!)

I have been really busy with the school schedules and with three, sometimes I do stop and think about how I can calm this crazy hectic lifestyle. But I digress.

One of the things I love doing is when I stop and smell the roses. I try to do it on a daily basis, usually in the mornings when I have a cuppa or two to start my day. (it's not hard when you have good company and good coffee to kickstart the morning. So blessed!)

And this morning,  instead of breathing in and appreciating what life has to offer over a glorious cup of Nylon coffee, I actually had my moment when I drop my little gal off at school.

I was telling her goodbye when I was leaving and gave her a big smooch on the cheek when she laughed and turned around to her friends and said " My mummy loves to kiss me here and here (as she points to her cheek and top of her head))

It made me grin.

If only she knew that I would kiss her all day long if I could! =p

Happy Friday, everyone. The weekend's almost here!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday Fleurs

I was at the floral uncle the other day and he had a huge selection of flowers in all kinds of pink hues. I am 'secretly' a lover of the colour pink. So I got really excited and started picking out all kinds of flowers in all varieties and ended up with the bunch that you see above.

One of my personal favourites is lilies. I find that they are simple and yet holds a grand presence whether it's paired with other blooms or just even on its own. This fuchsia pink lilies caught my eye and I had to have them (even though I just bought them last week as well)

I must admit that initially I didn't know what to do with them but I slowly started putting them in this vase that I had and it started taking its form. That's the thing with home arrangements, you slowly feel your way through the fleurs that you have and eventually you would have something that you really like. =) And I really really love the end results of this one. 

Happy Monday!


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