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June 16, 2015


Family, Photography


“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Yes, this was taken a few weeks back. We were on our way to a bbq with friends and the girls decided they wanted to look out the window. We had fun that day :)

Remember how I talked about writing during me weekend off? Well that never happened. I was enjoying being alone in nature so much that by the time I got back into my hotel room, I was exhausted and too tired to blog. So I didn’t.

But it was a good trip. A much needed one since I had a lot of time to not think or worry about three other people. I’ll write about it someday, I hope.

May 16, 2015


Parenthood, Photography


“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

I went to Ikea and picked up one of these easels for my kids to draw and paint on. They love it. Only problem is that K has started drawing outside of the paper and onto the frame of the easel as well as the table behind her… E is also a bit picky about what gets drawn on her side and refuses to erase anything to draw new things.

It’s sad but I have 3 other posts started but when it came time to sit and write, the words do not come. All I have are pictures (some in need of editing). I think the longer I wait to post those, the sillier it feels to put them up. It’s always the problem I face when it comes to blogging.

For now, I’ll just post this one up because my arms feel so sore from yoga on Friday…

May 5, 2015


Parenthood, Photography


“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

We were at a birthday party for some of E’s friends from her kindergarten. Anytime you get a group of kids together in a large space, things always go a bit crazy. Luckily, there were games and activities planned for the kids to do to help them wind down before we had to pack up the party room and head home. One such activity involved making beaded jewelry.

My kids had more fun sorting and putting the beads back in the container than making the necklace. 

Catching up a little with this project since I am a few weeks behind.

I’ve been contemplating how much and what to share about my kids life these days. In my facebook groups, I’ve often encountered people asking how much we can share about our kids’ lives before we infringe on their privacy. It’s made me think about the issue and I still don’t know what to think about it. Social media and personal privacy on the internet is such a complicated issue that I’m not sure where I stand when it comes to my kids.

April 26, 2015


Parenthood, Photography, Updates


“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

These two…

I have no energy to think of something to write :) 

April 17, 2015


Parenthood, Photography


“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”

E finished her second week of school this week. She’s having trouble adjusting to the new environment and all the rules that comes with elementary school but it’s bound to happen. Her kindergarten was a very relaxed environment with snack time, playtime at the park, and a very laid back classroom. It’s a really big change to go from that to one where there are rules for everything and you actually have classes where you study from textbooks and not with songs and games.

Hopefully, she’ll get into the rhythm of things in the next few weeks.

The Japanese thing is another problem we are now facing. She use to be fluent but has lost all of it during her time at her international kindy. It’s now coming back to haunt us since she’s having trouble following what is going on in class. I’m hoping that soon she will pick Japanese back up again.

April 12, 2015


Interests, Photography

I’m always on the lookout for a new project to do or make, especially since I don’t really know what I want to do with myself now that I have a bit more “me” time. I don’t want to fall into the rut of always spending my free time cleaning and taking care of home and family stuff and neglect the things that make me tick and feel alive.

Hence, the constant need to try things, to make things, to do things.

So one of the latest things I’ve discovered and have been working on is the 100 Days Project created by Ella Luna and The Great Discontent.


The project is fairly simple. Make something for 100 days. It could be anything you want whether it be painting, photography, inspirational quotes, cartoons…anything goes as long as it’s something that you want to make and you are interested in. It’s not a competition and there are no rules. You just create something, anything for 100 days.

And so just for accountability, I’m also going to share my progress on my blog.

For my 100 days project, I’m going back to film photography. Instant photos to be exact because the instant gratification of having the processed image in my hands make it easier for me to follow through than waiting for things to get developed at the shop.

For this, I’ll be using my Fujifilm Instax mini 90 and I plan to take simple everyday moments using this camera. It will be a nice change since I will have a physical copy of the photos I take and they won’t be just another photo sitting in my iPhone. Plus, since this is film, I will put more thought in what I want to capture as well as how I want to capture the image. It won’t be like with digital photography where I can take many shots and hope that at least one will come out when I look at them later.


I will be posting my images daily on Instagram under my public handle @hamstercentral using the hashtag #100daysofinstaxmoments so feel free to follow along if you like :)

So here’s my first week of photos.


01. E’s entrance ceremony
02. E’s first day of school
03. Labeling things for elementary school


04. K’s love for looking outside
05. Coffee meetings at Starbucks
06. The end of cherry blossom season