20 Things That Make Me Happy

It’s been a little difficult to get on a regular blogging schedule. I’ve been so busy! I can set aside one night to write a few posts to be scheduled throughout the next 2 weeks, but after that night, I’d be offline for 3 weeks. Hahaha! I still do blogging things offline like taking photos and testing stuff, writing down notes, but I just couldn’t find the time to sit down to edit photos and write a proper post. You guys will think I’ve only been away for a week or so, since you’ve been getting the pre-written posts fed to your inbox but for me, I feel like it’s been ages since I wrote! So I think I’ll do something light and fluffy. This is inspired by Tracy’s blogpost here. She did 50 things, but I think I’ll scale it down to 20. Here they are, in no particular order.

 

 

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1. My Children’s Laughter

Nothing else make my heart swell so much. No matter how shitty I’d feel, their hearty laughter makes me burst with happiness! I especially love a baby’s laugh. This Instagram video was taken more than 3 months ago, but Ashton still laughs like that. LOVE!

 

2. A Warm Hug

An enveloping hug that’s strong and protective. A bear hug from the husband makes all my worries and stress go away.

 

3. My Mom’s Cooking

Nothing compares to mom’s home cooked meal. It can be a very simple one, but it warms my tummy and makes me go Aaaahhhh…

 

4. Good Friends

I’m not one to have many circles of friends, but the little one that I have is a circle of very dear friends I can depend on.

 

forever friends

 

5. Hot Noodlesย with Soup

I have a crazy affection for soup noodles. Preferably spicy ones. I really like our local curry vermicelli and Korean ramyeon. I like Hokkaido ramen, Kyushu ramen… yumm!!

 

6. Sushi

All sorts. Enough said. With lots of pickled ginger.

 

7. Beautiful Makeup

There’s a reason I’m still blogging. All the pretties still get me, even though there are times I don’t give a hoot.

 

8. Hitting Pan

Yes, while I appreciate beautiful untouched makeup, I feel it’s a waste not using them. Looking at well used makeup makes me happy!

 

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9. Chloe’s Quiet Thoughtfulness

Chloe, my 9-year-old now, remains my first love (husband aside). She’s my first baby, and she’s grown so much. She’s still little, at only 9 years old, but she’s mature beyond her age. She has much consideration for others and she makes me proud.

 

10. Ashlyn’s Ridiculous Stories

She can’t be more different than Chloe. She’s loud, outgoing, hyperactive and so imaginative. She sometimes doesn’t make sense, but her stories are so silly and funny at the same time. She’s fearless and has no qualms of asking an adult if she brushed her teeth because her teeth looked yellow and she had smelly breath. HAHAHAHA!

 

11. Ashton’s Cuteness

I’m totally biased. Everything about him is cute. The way he trots around with his diapers to the way he scrunches his face when it’s smelly. He’s so animated and he copies everything everyone else does. His smile and dimples be the death of everyone including strangers! We often get interrupted at shops and cafes because strangers just want to play with him. Scare the shit out of me though… so many kidnapping cases in broad daylight lately, I’d rather be left alone thank you.

 

12. Movies

I’m a movie buff. I enjoy all sorts of movies but don’t watch horror anymore. Children and even the husband get scared. Am I the only one who wonder how they do the scary makeup?

 

13. K dramas

Guilty pleasure. I am not ashamed of ogling at pretty boys 10 years younger. Sssshhh just don’t tell everyone!

 

14. Baking

Baking calms me down. And people enjoying my baked goodies make me happy. Below are my salted Oreo cupcakes. The cupcakes themselves are sweet but the buttercream loaded with Oreo crumbs are salted.

 

Oreo cupcakes

 

15. Quite time

It’s hard to get some quiet time now, so whenever I’m given the opportunity, I appreciate it. I need my time to myself to recuperate, to find my center again. I could be doing nothing, or just having a long bath, or taking time to read (a luxury now) but as long as it’s quiet and I can gather my thoughts, I can find myself again.

 

16. Weekends / Family Time

This is the time everyone in the family is around together. We’d go out for lunch, or we’d go to the mall, or maybe we’d go swimming together, all 5 of us. Love family time.

 

17. Good Skincare

Good skincare is everything. As I get older, I appreciate creamier textures more. My skin is changing, and KNOWING that is winning half the battle. Now for the other half, finding a new routine that works. I am fortunate that I get to experiment with more products, so I know what works and what doesn’t, but it’s also unfortunate if my skin reacts negatively to certain products. Part and parcel of blogging, which is why I only accept skincare from trusted brands now. By that, I mean brands that my skin likes.

 

18. Cartoons

I watch a lot of cartoons. I’d go to the movies when there’s a new cartoon out. At the moment, the fever is Pocoyo. The kids love it, and I enjoy it too. It’s cuteness overload, and funny too.

 

pocoyo

 

19. Chocolate

I don’t eat sweets much. I don’t like hard candy. I hardly eat ice cream. I only have a bite or a serving of the things I bake myself. But chocolates, I LOVE!

 

20. Accepting Myself

I’m always hard on myself. I used to think people always talked bad about me behind my back. I am insecure, and I’m still working on my insecurities. My husband says I’m just a drama queen. Maybe so. As I got older, I developed a ‘don’t give a shit’ attitude. As I grew to accept myself, it just doesn’t bother me if there are people who don’t accept me, because there will be those who do. We all have something precious that others crave. Some people might look like they have it all, but every single person has their own worries and insecurities. So for me, I don’t need to do anything but to be the best version of MYSELF. Me. That makes me feel much better about myself, and just so much happier. So if you’re like me, let me sincerely tell you – you are just fine the way you are!

 

I hope you enjoyed this. What are some of the things that make you happy? *cue Pharrell’s Happy* It’s been playing in my head as I wrote this ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

  • Bugs

    Oh yes No.20. I used to scared that ppl don’t like me, what they think of me bla bla bla. But now as I get older and a tiny bit wiser, I don’t care as much. I can’t control ppl’s mouth and thought. Just be the best of ME. High Five !

    • Lily

      High five! I think it’s quite a common insecurity among ladies, I’m not sure… but many I talked to feel the same ๐Ÿ™‚

  • OMG your cupcakes,… now I want to make some.
    My cousin has two daughters their personalities are just like your daughters, and in the same order too! And yes the stuff you put on Inst of your son are just so adorable ๐Ÿ™‚ My brother and his wife are expecting a baby girl, which will be my (Spanish) granmother’s 6th great granddaughter!! (no boys in our family in that generation). Ahh I love my mum’s cooking too. She lives on the other side of Spain but when I go there I love eating her Indonesian food every day.
    I also love your last point on accepting your self. I think I see myself reflected there.

    • Lily

      Thanks Sofia. Your Oreo cheesecake is still in my mind but I’m not baking it. Calories! Hahaha! I think we all need to find ourselves and then accepting that. Of course, if I realized I was the biggest bitch, I’d have to change instead of accepting it and continue being a pest, right? HAHAHAHA!!

  • LOVE this! And thanks for the love my friend xx
    I love your don’t give a shit attitude-that’s why I was drawn to getting to know you better. You are so down to earth and so level-headed and grounded. It’s awesome. And your kids are the cutest-they make ME smile when you talk about them and show pics so please keep doing it! I really do feel like an internet auntie all the way over here haha! CRIPES your baking looks so GOOD omg. And hugs are the BEST. Hopefully some day we get to hug in person! Love you lady!

    • Lily

      Aaw, thank you so much Tracy. I’m posting less of the kids’ photos as they grow older but I always get told for posting their photos anywhere public because of sick paedophiles. I think you’ll love Ashlyn, but if you spent too much time with her, you’d just want to shut her up. LOL! Yes, hopefully we get to meet one day. That’ll be super awesome! In the meantime *virtual hugs*

  • Liz

    Super sweet read. I loved hearing more about the girls as they grow. <3

    I think we're all hard on ourselves in various ways and the way we sometimes react negatively to other people has a lot to do with that. (The "faults" we hate in ourselves is what we see magnified in others and can't stand.) I'm trying to be more chill and to "let things go" as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lily

      You’re right Liz. As I grow older, I’ve chilled out a lot. There are still many things that bother me, and I’m particularly hard on my children because I want them to grow up well, but you know, I do try hard to be less uptight ๐Ÿ™‚