The Weekly Smile

Treat Yourself

on the way

At 34 weeks pregnant, foggy brained with acid reflux & pelvic pain 😡, the last thing I want to do is go on a road trip to somewhere away from the comforts & familiarity of home. But, this is exactly what we did last Saturday.

view from room 1

I realized now was my last time to experience a change in scenery for a very long, long time. I also missed looking out into the infinite horizon and breathing in fresh salty sea air, so I asked the husband if we could stay overnight at a beach resort.

view for lunch

The day was rainy and gloomy, but I got my wonderfully tangy sea air, seafood (I swear the hearty Tom Yum soup silenced my acid reflux for the rest of our stay!πŸ˜ƒ), and yep, definitely a change of environment 😍

beach villas

My daughter wanted to bathe in the sea and I myself wanted get at least knee-deep into sea water, but a warning about stone fish during low-tide changed our minds (what are stone fish?) 😳😳 So we just sat on the chairs and stared into the horizon.

looking up

This was the view outside our window. My husband and daughter still got to enjoy the pool the following morning while I lounged under a parasol and took pictures of my bloated feet πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

view from room 2

night show

There was an al fresco buffet for dinner that evening and some kind of magic show was going on. But by then I was feeling very tired (but contented) and preferred to stay in the air-conditioned room enjoying a banana split πŸ˜‹

So I guess what I’m trying to say here is: go treat yourself. Whatever it is, big or small, it’s sure to make you smile πŸ™ƒβ€οΈ

What made YOU smile this week?

~~ oOo ~~

click here to join the fun! πŸ˜ƒ


Feel-Good Fridays

What’s Your Favorite Background Music?


Notice: this post comes with background music ☺️

I’ve recently discovered Jazz/Bossa Nova a.k.a.Cafe Music and boy, what a difference it makes! I put it on every morning and it continues to play well until early afternoon-ish.

It fills the house with good, relaxing vibes. Makes me do a cha-cha step or two as I’m folding the laundry or washing the dishes. I LOVE the idea of it floating out into the street from my open balcony door. It’s unobtrusive enough to not annoy the neighbors and it masks the noise coming from a building construction just across the street.

I LUV IT!!! πŸ™†πŸ™†

I used to listen to mainstream pop, but it would get distracting. Plain instrumentals, although effective at certain times, somehow wasn’t zesty enough. Chill/beach music would lull me to sleep.

I searched “happy instrumental music” on YouTube and it offered me Cafe/Jazz/Bossa Nova music and I found the purrrfect backdrop to my puttering around the house!

Score! πŸ’ƒ

What’s your favorite background music?

When you drive?

When you study/read/craft?

When you’re relaxing in the bathtub?

When you want to cuddle up (or get frisky πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡) with your partner?

When you’re about to do open heart surgery? (I’ve seen it on … was it House or Grey’s Anatomy?)



How Do You Carry Your Crochet?

I just noticed this recently and thought it’d be fun to post on this blog πŸ™‚

Check out the nifty & cost-free ways I carry my crochet WIP around –

paper bag crochet
in a paper bag – a bright red one of course πŸ˜€
bucket crochet
in a KFC bucket – those holes are so useful in segregating yarns & stuff
tin can crochet
in a tall tin can
shoe box crochet
in a sturdy shoe box

Now it’s your turn – how do you carry your crochet WIPs around? πŸ™‚

Share Your World

Share Your World 2016 #5


If you had a shelf for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronic devices and things stored on them, people or animals), what would you put on it?

Hmmmmm …. (scratches head and knots brows) …. hmmmmm.

I realize I don’t have any special possessions other than photos, electronic devices, people or animals! XD I’m just not that attached to things. Which I think is good. Well okay my wedding ring.Β  But it wouldn’t be on a shelf as I’d be wearing it πŸ˜€

If you had a box labelled β€˜happiness’, what would you put in it?

Oh dear, I don’t think there’s a box that can hold everything that makes me happy so I’ll settle for a list of everything that makes me happy πŸ™‚ Is this cheating?

Well okay, if there had to be absolutely something in it then it would be my laptop (so I can blog, surf and listen to music), my Kindle, my exercise gear, my crochet paraphernalia, my iPhone (so I can take pictures and contact friends) and a tube of lipstick to (wear, of course!) remind me that happiness is something you engineer for yourself πŸ™‚

What do you want more of in your life?

Right now I would really like to have more options for things to do and see. I love having lots of options; even if I don’t get to enjoy or explore all of them, just having them available is enough to energize me.

That said I particularly miss city living and the diverse alternatives it presents, not to mention that busy pace that most hate and take for granted but which I have come to see as something that reminds you to be up and about yourself.

Daily Life List: What do you do on an average day? Make a list of your usual activities you do each day.

  • wake up at 6am
  • languid stretch on the balcony while breathing in the fresh, cool air and saying “hi!” to the birds
  • brew coffee so house smells divine
  • once husband and daughter are awake: put on favorite radio station on speakers
  • help daughter prep for school
  • once husband and daughter are out the house: enjoy my own cuppa while diving into my WP reader
  • exercise
  • breakfast
  • chores
  • lunch
  • short nap
  • crime TV and crochet fest / maybe some more chores
  • squeeze in another exercise sesh
  • shower
  • prepare dinner
  • dinner
  • after dinner activities include a combo of any of these: read, some reflection time on balcony, crochet, evening news, internet.
  • bedtime ritual
  • lights out πŸ™‚

Bonus question: Β What are you grateful for from last week ~

My daughter and I have agreed to go out for a walk every Friday afternoon and we started last week πŸ™‚ ❀

~ and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

My bestie is coming for a 5 day visit! Whoppiiieeeee!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


The Introvert Expat SAHM Diaries

It’s A Beautiful Rainy Morning β˜”️

rainy morning

I just love these spirited Indonesian rains!Β  They come on so suddenly and so resolutely I just have to stop and smile πŸ™‚ That’s my kind of rain – strong and succinct.Β  Like an effective speech.Β  After it’s made its point, it will graciously give way to glamorous sunshine. No need to dilly dally and make everyone’s life miserable πŸ˜‰

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy some of my fave songs about rain:

Have a blessed day sexy people! ❀


Being Smiled At Is So Refreshing

Malacca 1

Coming home from a business meeting (husband’s) in the beautiful Malaysian city of Malacca, a dear friend from home texts me impatiently: “Pls send me pictures of Melaka as soon as you can!”

I send her this:

Malacca Shopping

Her crestfallen reply: “Oh, a mall …”

So I sheepishly added this (a very grainy test-photo of a statue that was in the hotel lobby):

hotel lobby

Feeling defensive I finally confessed: “You know what, I found it so nice to be able to communicate to the people there that I found it much more important to stock up on such necessities as body scrubs, deep conditioning treatments and wet tissues than to explore.”

Her response:Β  “LOL!” supported with an image of a cartoon character, its mouth wide open in amusement, a finger mockingly pointed at me.

Well, honestly, that’s the truth of it.Β  Like a moth to a flame I was lured to the malls by the international brand names and flashy bright lights, and I stayed within it’s temperature regulated confines because … people there saw me and most actually smiled at me.

And it was so refreshing!

In my part of Indonesia, if and when people look at you they quickly turn away.Β  I think it’s because they do not want to have to talk to a foreigner, likely in a language they do not speak.Β  Then in Singapore, people are just too busy to notice you.Β  But in Melaka … oh my, I was confessing all the sins of my dry and limp hair to the very beautiful Body Shop sales lady and she responded in equal solemnity with her deliciously accented English.

Here’s my point – I had not imagined how much I missed being able to communicate.Β  And to be seen, to be acknowledged, with a smile.Β  Well, not all of them smiled and they did not have to. Just the open expressions on their faces was enough to make me feel good.

So that’s all I have for you right now – being smiled at is refreshing. And being able to communicate is bliss.

And I enjoyed that so much that for now that’s all I truly wanted to experience on this short, unplanned trip πŸ™‚