So much happened this year, yet it seems just like a blink of an eye ago we were just at the start of the year!
On the family front, one of the most momentous year long process has got to be taking the PSLE exams with G & navigating the choices for the next phase of her education. As she aptly sums it – taking PSLE is like having a baby- the process takes 9 months of pure rollercoaster emotions, and as the imminent time approaches, one gets more and more nervous! 🙂 I asked her if it was because one is excited and nervous to greet the new born? In classic G form, she replied- if course not! They are just worried they will get an ugly baby!! LOL. It is this super resilient humour that I am most proud of, in her journey through the last year of her primary school education. That and her innate stubbornness to give up ‘living’ just to get ready for these critical exams. Through the obligatory nagging, the incessant procrastination, the self motivated studying…. We all learnt a little bit more about ourselves in the process. I am so not looking forward to going through it again in 2 years time!
The girls have also grown up so much – emotionally and physically. G is now way taller than me, and K is catching up slowly but surely!
On the work front, this year saw us completing 2 projects – both coincidentally starting and ending at almost the same time, although very different in scales. You can read more about them on our Website – HERE and HERE. The overseas projects that we have worked on took us to exotic and far-flung locations – most memorable of all has to be Africa! We experienced our very first Safari which was mind-blowing. As we move into 2018, we look forward to more rewarding works to be completed.
These are my fav photos of the year:
Jan : Chinese New Year!
Feb : Took this photo on site for G’s biography of my life.
Mar : Celebrating G’s 12th birthday with a shopping trip out
Apr : Happy K indulging in simple things like picking up Sago seeds
May : Mother’s Day – with cousins
Jun : We hosted Papa’s 70th bash and had a quiet celebration for Vic’s bday
Jul : We head up north to Bangkok for a short work trip, meeting up with long ago friends from our days in London.
Aug : We went for an unforgettable Safari, for an extended work trip to Africa!
Oct : So many things happened in October! G finished PSLE; K and my birthdays; we presented and hosted Archifest at Rainbow; took a road trip up to KL for kittens!! and lots of excursions with the p6s!
Nov : the emotional rollercoaster of waiting for results, getting the results, & the biggest change – giving G her 1st mobile phone.
Dec : The month simply flew by! As the grandparents are on holiday for 9 days, we took a break from work during that time and did lots of stuff together in and about home and the city. And at the end of the year – finally (thankfully) getting the long awaited 1st choice for Secondary School placement!
2017 seemed at times passing too quickly – yet as I look through all the photos, we have accomplished soo much!! We look forward to 2018 with bright eyes and gleeful anticipation. For the new beginnings for G, and also the rest of us! To learning new things (us with the Jap language classes, K with her art classes, G with a brand new curriculum and so many new subjects) To making new friends and forming new relationships. To taking time to nurture our own personal growth and hobbies. Here’s wishing all of you who read this blog (I don’t think there’s very many!) – Happy New Year and Good Health and Wealth!!
PS. We deliberated long and hard about G’s secondary school choices (mostly between HERE and HERE), but in the end, we felt that her personality and strengths are so much more suited to the IB Eduction. Some articles related to IB Education – HERE, and HERE. Also HERE.