So Much Has Changed

Monday, 8 December 2008

Gosh it’s been about 2 months since I did a proper blog post. Sorry about it being so quiet here, and thanks for so faithfully checking up on us through Salameander.

We have been having a marvelous time. I personally feel undeservedly blessed in all aspects of my life right now.

Han with an upset-looking Andrea, Michelle with Brandon3 years ago, I would never have envisioned having a family of my own. Yet here we are, two babies who are the centre of our attention, the focus of our love, our efforts, our time. Han’s love for me, and mine for him, has matured so much. Our priorities have shifted slightly—now we have long term reasons to secure our financial freedom, new things to look forward to. I, for one, expect to be reduced to a blabbering soppy mess when I see my kids at their first school play, recital or whatever.

3 years ago, I would never have envisioned attending a personal development seminar in another country. Oh okay, it was only in Singapore… But it was the first time I traveled alone ever since uni, plus I had to leave the family behind for 4 whole days!

3 years ago, I would never have envisioned having the chance to spearhead the formation of an entirely new department in a publicly listed company. This never quite sank in, until my meeting with the group’s HR manager on the work I was assisting him with last week—and talking about the actual timing of my eventual move to the new department on a permanent basis. It’s also made me appreciate my current team a lot more.

Chamomile Labs' all-natural, handmade soaps3 years ago, I would never have envisioned starting my own business at age 27! What’s even more mind-blowing is that I’m not motivated firstly by the money. I’ve tried going down that road before, when I stuck it out for 3 years at a fund management company, convincing myself that I would be a rich fixed income fund manager. I now know for a fact that there’s only so much that monetary wealth can motivate me (and apparently, it’s not very much at all. I’ve long since abandoned that dream). What’s driving me now is a deep-seated desire to *help*, in particular those who have to live with sensitive skin. That I get paid in the process is something I am truly humbled by, and thankful for. I’m also extremely privileged to have a business partner who is so knowledgeable about handmade skincare—I can’t think of a better arrangement than what we have now! And since we’re on this topic, drop by at [Chamomile Labs’ blog](http://chamomilelabs.blogspot.com) to see what we’ve been doing.

Mom looking quite well despite her cancer battle3 years ago, I would never have envisioned my mom having to face once again the spectre of cancer. I guess I was in denial all these years. She recently finished her chemo treatments and is now doing what she can to care for herself. I’m proud to say that our kids form a big part of her recovery process. :) It warms my heart to see her playing with Brandon and Andrea—that she can, for a while, forget about her physical pain and suffering. Aren’t children wonderful?

Lai Yin, Andrea and Michelle at Lai Yin's tea ceremony3 years ago I wasn’t thinking of what would make good wedding gifts. So many of our friends and family have wed this year. Off the top of my head I can remember Vernon, Sau Kang, Pui Voon, Lai Yin, Jess and Kris, Mark, Min Yen, Savitha, Lit Ping, Naguib getting hitched… And I have a strong suspicion that I’ve forgotten one or two more. :"> (If you’re reading this and you’re one of the forgotten, I’m so sorry! Send me an e-mail, okay?) Both Han and I are so very happy for them, and we wish them all the very best in their futures with their spouses. If anyone were to ask for advice on children, all we’d say is—enjoy every moment you have with them, and let them flourish at their own pace.

And finally, 3 years ago I didn’t think I would be thriving on 3-hour stretches of sleep, after a packed day of being a daughter, sister, wife, mother, employee, part-time business person, struggling Christian.

Yet I wouldn’t have it any other way. :)

One Comment

#1Gravatar imageuv protective clothing says:

Touching post. It is great that you started your business at age 27 without doing it for the money. We work with individuals with sensitive skin as well.

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