Archive for August 2012

Things I often cook

August 28, 2012

Fried bee hoon.

Broccoli and stilton soup.

Chicken stew.

Sorry sorry sorry …

August 19, 2012

I can’t two weeks have just flown by like this without me having time to put up a single post!

I guess that tells you a little about my crazy life as a working mum. We got the exterior walls of our house repainted at the end of July, as the paint was old and flaking off. Then I’ve been busy at work with a week-long festival and then going straight into delivering days of training.

I am so desperate for a break that I ended up sobbing on the sofa one afternoon. I just feel completely drained and burnt out, having not taken any time off since February.

We were supposed to have spent 2 weeks in Singapore in June, but my UK permanent residency visa was not processed in time for me to leave the country and so we ended up cancelling our trip and losing money. Hence, there was this post.

It has been quite a roller-coaster ride from June till now. The whole visa/passport thing was serious mental torture but I still had to go to work and get on with life like normal. We ended up not being able to celebrate Lucien’s second birthday in Singapore at a chalet with our family as planned. We had to cancel our Bangkok getaway. R could not cancel his annual leave so he spent 2 weeks sitting at home. Then we didn’t know when we could both find suitable time to re-book a holiday to Singapore, as it’s not easy for R to apply for leave. And when we finally found a possible slot which worked for us both, we discovered prices of air tickets to be sky high. I was really missing home and my family.

It wasn’t until a day or two ago that we chanced upon a Singapore Airlines sale, and got our plane tickets at a decent price. And since then I just feel as if a big rock has been lifted off my chest and I can once again breathe. My mood has improved and I am starting to feel like myself again. There was something for me to look forward to.

I had spent the most part of this year planning, worrying and dealing with this visa and its complications. That aside, being a working mum with no help has really drained the life out of me, although it is a deeply satisfying process. I’m just really looking forward to taking a break, having the opportunity to do the things I love, and feeling inspired again.