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Summer Goh
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A happy mum who believes that life is truly beautiful and every moment worth living.
A happy mum who believes that life is truly beautiful and every moment worth living.

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{Review & Giveaway} Introducing Buds by Shangri-La - a new interactive playground for children in the heart of the city. Occupying a vast space of over 2,150sqm in total - 850sqm indoors and 1,300sqm outdoors, Buds by Shangri-La is an immersive play space that lets children learn through play in a creative, self directed and experiential environment. Watch our video and read the post to find out more, and for those who are keen, I am giving away passes to Buds too. Good luck, people!
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Sharing my thoughts on kids and smartphones on MediaCorp Ch8 狮城有约.
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I like to think that birthdays are special and you are entitled to feel a little more special on this day than the other days of the year. After all, this is the day you arrived in this world, the day you were first cradled in the arms of your loved ones, the day your entire life began - and that has to mean a little something inside your heart.

Yup, I don't subscribe to the belief that every day can be Valentine's Day or that a birthday is but just a birthday. Be it anniversaries, birthdays or special occasions, they mean something extra to me and no, they ain't just any other day. That doesn't mean I need my loved ones to lavish me with gifts and concern or that I need to do something big on these special days, but it does mean that I feel a tad more unique, a little more celebrated, and most importantly, I feel thankful when I look at what I have and start pondering about my life. Here's sharing some of my heartfelt thoughts as I turn 35.
Thirty five
Thirty five
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It's kind of ironic that while parenting drains most of my energy and makes me feel jaded at times, it is also the very thing that rejuvenates me and has the power to make me feel young all over again. After all, I have to read lift-the-flap storybooks, sing nursery rhymes, go on merry-go-rounds and do silly antics every so often.

Well, that's just a superficial way of saying it, I guess. In truth, it goes way deeper than that and it seems like being a mum brings about this plethora of experiences and makes me feel more emotions than I knew I had. Thankfully, most of them are positive ones and like I've said so many times before, having kids is still undeniably the best thing that happened to me.

In March's "Happiness is...", it's all about how motherhood makes me feel like a child all over again.
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"I'm sorry that..... you are not the baby of the family anymore. You are the eldest of the three and people always throw you questions like "Do you take care of Didi and Meimei?", "Do you help your Mama?", "Are you a good big sister?" that even I feel it - that extra burden and sense of responsibility that you bear as an eight-year-old. Sometimes, you come up and ask me for a cuddle just because you want to be close to me, you want me to call you by the nickname I used when you were young instead of calling you "Jiejie", and you even say you just want to be my baby always - and my heart aches again. You are, my dear, you are and will forever be."

I was an emotional wreck last night and penned this heartfelt letter to my big girl. It's been a trying period for us and I can only tell myself to try to be a better mum for her. My feelings were all over the place as I wrote this and even though I can't quite pinpoint if it is a good or bad thing, I think it's important for me to feel all of it. To let in all the hurt, the joy, the sorrow, the disappointment, the regret, the fear, the agony, the elation, the anxiety, and then tell myself to concentrate on the one most important thing - the hope. The hope for a better tomorrow, a better future, a better me.
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Today, I celebrate ME.

I might not be a powerful woman with a long list of achievements, I am not a political figure who serves the country, I can't make history or help to achieve gender equality around the world, I am not a leader whom people can look up to, and I do not have huge aspirations to make the world a better place for everyone.

On the contrary, I am just an ordinary woman, a mum of three, a daughter, a wife and a friend. I strive to make ends meet, I live from day to day, I work hard from morning to night every single day yet I sometimes go to bed feeling like I've achieved nothing at all.

I've never felt that I'm better than anyone or that I can hold it all together more than anyone. The truth is I am trying and I can only keep trying. Try to learn lessons from yesterday, try to make the best of today, and try to make tomorrow a future worth looking forward to. If there's a good time that I should make a list of my own personal achievements and make me feel good about myself, I think today is the day.

Well, it's International Women's Day after all, and I think it is important for us to feel empowered, feel strong, and feel proud. For the first time ever on the blog, here's a letter to myself.
I am ME
I am ME
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There are some days in motherhood that I feel like I've done a million things, yet when I go to bed at night, I feel like I've done nothing at all. You know what I mean? I might have done a whole load of chores, run many errands and did all the things that I need to do, but have I done anything that I want to do?

While I've taken care of the kids' needs, making sure they have food to eat, their homework is done, their uniforms are ironed, they get to go for their enrichment classes, they go to school on time, they get to watch movies, they have toys to play with and so on, it seemed to me that I was just getting by the days without making them really count at times. It didn't help that solo parenting made me so tired on some days that all I wanted to do was get past each day, survive with the kids, get the chores done and make it through to another sunrise.

In February's "Happiness is...", it's about reminding myself that no matter how busy life gets, I need to make time to connect. I need to connect with family and friends, I need to let the kids connect with nature, play and outdoor fun, I need to connect with the hubby and I need to let the kids connect with me as a mum too. That is what I want to do.
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在你的一生中,最幸福的事是什么?

时光飞逝,随着狗年的到来,我开始体会到何谓岁月不留人。三十五年的人生就这样过去了,有时想问问自己,如果能够让时光倒流,我会改变什么吗?现在的我,过着的是我梦寐以求的生活吗?我儿时所拥有的抱负和理想,都实现了吗?遥望未来,我是否仍然要坚持走这条路?

It's the first time ever that I penned a heartfelt post in Chinese on the blog. Yup, it's CNY after all and it just seems like the perfect time to do this, something that I've always wanted. Sorry to those of you who don't understand Mandarin, but for those who do, let me know if you wish to see more of such posts coming, okay?
最幸福的事
最幸福的事
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It's been a busy start of 2018 for us. Well, I guess it's the same for everyone too. You know, sometimes I do wonder what we are occupied with. Is it the never ending work, or in my case, household chores? Is it about the kids' schoolwork, which only increases over time? Is it endless spellings that I'm not sure are meant to test the kids or the parents' patience? Is it looking after babies who are home all day and never seem to give you a moment's peace? Is it getting ready for CNY which is just around the corner? Is it trying to stay connected with friends and family despite everyone is so caught up with their own busy lives?

For me, I think it encompasses all of the above and more. I still try to cook at least 5-6 times a week for the kids, I do the washing, vacuuming, laundry and ironing, I decorate the house and get it ready for CNY, I make somewhat feeble attempts to keep the house clean, I fetch the kids to school every day and bring them to and fro their enrichment classes, I am still trying to keep the blog alive and since me-time only happens late at night for me, I sacrifice much of my sleep to continue this hobby. I think that's why I'm finding 24 hours a day to be insufficient for me to do everything that I want to do. In this post of "Happiness is...", it's about me learning to let go. And I mean that in many aspects, not just one.
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My kids love theatre.

Thanks to KidsFest which was launched by ABA Productions in 2012, we've had the chance to witness world-class theatre which hail from Australia, Britain and United States and more. We see our favourite characters being brought to life, we get to enjoy scenes from our well-loved books on stage, we enjoy quality family bonding when we discuss about the shows, we instill an interest for the arts and culture in the kids, we encourage their creativity and let their imagination flow, we learn important life values which will hopefully stay in their hearts for a long time.

This year, we've had the opportunity to watch not just one, but two awesome shows at KidsFest 2018 and here's sharing with you all about them.
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