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My name is Renette, and I’m a thirty-something Christian mom with a three-year-old girl named Lia. I was born and raised in the Philippines, but my husband and I moved to Singapore in 2010. My husband I have been married in 2009 and tried to get pregnant after a year. It was a struggle, until I finally got…

Jumbly Quotes from The BFG

If you have no idea who the BFG is, you should check out my previous blog entry here. The BFG is a nice, jumbly giant who “kidsnatched” the orphan Sophie because she saw him by accident. She learned from him that he was not a “cannibully” giant who ate “human beans,” which apparently taste differently when they’re…

Dehydrated So Soon – 2nd Visit to KK O&G

When I first realised that my hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness) is back, I knew I can manage this much better than I did the last time. For one thing – I promised myself that the moment I sense dehydration creeping in, I would immediately go to the O&G 24-hour clinic for hydration. So I went today and…

Nervous Mom – 1st Visit to KK (O&G)

I’ve been trying to get an appointment to see a gynaecologist to confirm the pregnancy. At first I wanted whoever was recommended by Ate Ailine, who works in KK, but in my desperation I would have agreed with ANY female gynae. Unfortunately, there’s a looooong waiting period for gynaes at KK Hospital, so the earliest…

We’re Expecting Again!!!

For some reason, I had the feeling that this would be it. I’m delayed for only three days, true, but that’s nothing. I’ve been delayed by up to five days and just when I’m about to buy a pregnancy test, I’d get my period. But this is different. Even last week, when I wasn’t expecting my…

One Life. Six Words. Here’s Mine.

I saw the book “Not Quite What I Was Planning” while browsing in the non-fiction area of the library. Apparently, Ernest Hemingway famously wrote the six-word story “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” and this started the challenge of telling a story in six words. The catchphrase “One life. Six words. What’s yours?” was intriguing….

My Library Haul – July 2016

I was on leave on Monday but had such a busy day that I fell asleep late in the afternoon and woke up at 8 pm. I didn’t borrow any books for myself during my usual Saturday library visit with Lia, so I decided to go by myself at night. I had to rush because Bishan Public Library closes at 9 pm, plus I…

Les Misérables Singapore 2016

What a night. When we went to London in May 2015, I almost decided to leave my husband and daughter at the hotel to catch Les Misérables at West End by myself. Why? Because I’ve always wanted to see the musical. You see, I really, really loved the book. I first read it around 2004…

Celebrity Look-Alikes

There are some celebrities that have more than a passing resemblance with another celebrity. Here are some that I or my husband Sidney noticed before.  

Things I Learned from Courageous Catie and Her Courageous Parents

When I first read about Courageous Catie, I immediately wanted to give something to the family. So when my brother-in-law and sister visited them (at the request of my cousin, who knew the parents), I decided to tag along. When we got there, I saw Catie’s mom was rushing out to look for a place to stay. Catie’s dad couldn’t…

A Two-Year-Old Asks about God

Lately, Lia has a few questions about God that is beyond me. -oOo- Lia: Mommy where is Jesus? Me: He is here with us! Lia: But you said He is at church? Me: Yes… He’s there too. Lia: And He is in my heart? Me: Yes… (wondering where she’s going with this) Lia: How does…

A Mother Says Goodbye – Joey Feek & Courageous Catie

Lately, I’ve been tired, and stressed out, and working long hours, so I thought I’d take a day off last 29 February 2016 to relax and just hang out with my husband and daughter at home. No plans to go anywhere or do anything – just stay in. One of the first things I read…

Kids Say the Darndest Things (Lia@2)

My girl is 2 years old and 3 months, and is quite talkative. She has a knack for adding “-ing” in all her verbs, regardless of whether the verb is in English or Tagalog. Examples include “I’m ligo-ing,” “I’m pupu-ing,” “I’m wiwi-ing.” -oOo- When her 4-year-old cousin went up to her in the middle of…