Becoming a Writer

No, I’m not talking professionally. And yes, writing in my blog is a lot of fun. But it’s becoming more and more apparent my blog is not quenching my creative thirst.

I have a big imagination. And my dreams do not help – they in fact, fuel my wild mind even further. And after awhile, I need some sort of release. By the way, I have very vivid dreams – and I remember a lot of them.

Will I ever go public with my future fiction? I don’t know. To be honest – and I was having this discussion with my daughter who is too hard on herself when it comes to being creative, even though she loves being creative – when it comes to creativity, whether through the medium of a pen+paper, an art brush+canvas or perhaps even one’s hands+clay, it should feel GOOD. I want her to understand it’s more about making herself happy than others.

It’s the same for me – I find my time is being pulled too much towards work. I am starting to neglect myself and my personal interest. I really want to make 2018 about exploring my creative outlet.

What are some of the things you do on your spare time to help you relax? Especially in the creative area?


Christmas 2017 Loot

Christmas came and went quietly. My firefighter husband had to work Christmas day so we had our traditional Xmas feast at my aunt’s and uncle’s place on Christmas Eve and did not open presents form our stockings or under the tree until Doug came home Boxing Day morning. Christmas day was very quiet – which I loved. Below, as with past years, is a sample of our favourite presents!


Chaeli’s 2017 Loot

Chaeli’s Loot:

  1. Bluetooth ear buds
  2. BTS Backpack (V version)
  3. EXO Postcards, Mini-cards and Stickers
  4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  5. BTS Love Yourself – full L. O. V. E. version



Doug’s 2017 Loot

Doug’s Loot:

  1. MaryJane’s Cast Iron Kitchen
  2. Glenfiddich Single Malt 15 Year Old Scotch Whiskey
  3. Keith Urban’s Greatest Hits
  4. Ikea Desktop wireless phone charger lamp
  5. Black Helmet (Firefighter) Apparel tie



Shy’s 2017 Loot

Shy’s Loot:

  1. LED Bluetooth speaker night light
  2. Vivo Per Lei day cream
  3. BTS 2017 Live Trilogy Episode III WINGS TOUR in Seoul DVD
  4. Star Wars – Rogue One Blu-ray
  5. Gotham Non-stick frying pan

When I Just Want to be Left with My Kpop

I feel a little bad for admitting this. Whenever I go to the gym on weekend mornings, which is considered my biggest workout of the week (I use Saturday as the jump start of my workout week) there is this older lady (80-ish). In some ways, I really like her – she reminds me of what I hope to be like when I am in my senior years, stilling hitting the gym at an ungodly hour to get my workout done, leaving the rest of day to do, well, whatever!

The only thing is when I go to the gym, aside from some small pleasantries and greetings, I really want to be left alone. The purpose of going to the gym is to get a really good workout in, but as I can do that at home as well, I also use it as a place to escape and just be lost in my own thoughts.

I’ve created a few playlist on my iPod Shuffle for the purpose of my workouts. And I love listening to my tunes while I workout! It’s like my sanctuary.

Yet there’s that lady – who’s always there every weekend mornings. I can’t go later (I don’t have time to and she stays there for the entire morning anyway so adjusting my schedule an hour or so later does not help). She’s very sweet but boy does she talk! I have hinted to her so many times that my time there is limited. After all, I go early in the morning while the rest of my household sleeps in. Yet I want to be home for our family brunch.

And I feel bad for her. I do. She lost her husband earlier this year after being with him for over 60 years or something. I can’t imagine that being easy – I mean, it’s amazing she gets herself up every day to move on with life.

But today… today… oh man… she started to tell me her very active sex life she used to have with her husband! Now, I’m not a prude. I mean, I use to be a peer sex ed counselor while in university. I have heard EVERYTHING! I don’t judge – I never have. It’s just that there’s a difference from being in a counselor role when I’m educating people about STDs, birth control methods, sexual lifestyles, etc. It’s another thing when some one who is pretty much close to being a stranger to me, starts to just ramble off about what she used to do with her husband.

The thing is, I wasn’t embarrassed. Like I said, I’ve heard it all. I was simply bored and eager to listen to my music.


Plus, she wears so much perfume it makes my head light and my nose burn.

Christmas Decorating, Sunday Brunch & Weekend Warrior Workouts


Hobbes loves when we decorate for Christmas. It’s just another reason for him to nap surrounded by coziness.

This weekend was busy as we caught up on some shopping, decorated and well, I spent Sunday afternoon with a well deserved 2 hr nap. I’ve been feeling zonked lately. Perhaps with all the BTS excitement that’s been non-stop for the past two weeks! And it’s not over what with the recent record-breaking 28th spot on Billboards 100 for any kpop group, BTS included (beating their previous top 100 for DNA). Plus there is the new Japanese single they are releasing in a couple of days.


Brunch at our favorite spot – Black Dog Pub

Anyway – it was a great weekend though. We ate Sunday brunch at the Black Dog Pub which is our favorite pub usually for dinner. And while it does serve traditional pub fare, it is a more upscale version from most pubs. Their wine list is amazing! Rather than having to settle for one or two choices of red wine in most pubs/bars, they actually have a good vintage selection. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t go for the cheap stuff if I can help it. Yup – I’m a bit of a wine snob. I never meant to be one – it just sort of happened. As I got older, my palate started to change.


Hobbes always makes a great backdrop for my manicure posts!

To start the weekend, I went to get my nails re-done. And I managed to also go early both Saturday and Sunday to the gym for 1.5 hrs cardio sessions each day. Saturday, I also did a 50 minutes push-up and delts + tricep weight session. On Sunday, I rounded the weekend off with 40 minutes of yoga. My poor body was too sore to do much else by then!

And of course, between all that, we ended Saturday night decorating the house – all but the tree since we always get a live tree which needs to be bought a week or so before Christmas day (to stay fresh for the holidays).

Christmas time always comes by so quickly. I hope this year it takes its time a bit as I won’t complain if it even drags itself out. I have a lot of wrapping to do this year and I admit I went ahead and spoiled my daughter with a crap-load of kpop merchandise. I hope I did not over do it but as her obsession over BTS has not slowed down I’m sure she won’t be disappointed. Hell, even I bought the BTS Live Trilogy EPISODE III THE WINGS TOUR DVD for myself! I’m wrapping it up and putting it under the Christmas tree with the message, “Dear Mommy – Hope you like this! Love, Hobbes!” Don’t worry, I’ll share it with my daughter. She can also have any posters/photo cards it comes with. What am I going to do with BTS posters, anyway?