Nothing beats home! :)

moving houses

After a couple of last minute packing/unpacking – we are finally home!

Our family is up for a new adventure. Around the middle of the year, my husband accepted a new opportunity for work. This move made it a little bit easier for us to finally make the decision for me to leave my job (I am now a SAHM). But despite this exciting new beginning for all of us, we also faced a lot of challenges along the way.

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So long, Dublin! (For now..)


I look forward to relocate soon but will miss Dublin for sure..

I may have “issues” about my life in Dublin but the years I spent living there will be definitely treasured. Living in a country, an apartment unit, a community for five years have given me so many memories I will bring with me wherever I go. For my son, Dublin is his “home”. 

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Last few weeks in Dublin: A trip to Han Sung grocery!

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Han Sung Korean grocery in Dublin city is a “go to” spot!

On our last few weeks in Dublin, we went to one of our favorite Asian groceries in Dublin city center – Han Sung grocery. We decided to stock our pantry with a couple of instant noodles to get by. And when I said a “couple of”, I meant this:

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Missing the Dublin Quays

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Spencer Dock close to the Dublin Quays has been my home since 2012..

A lot happened this year. I left my job and became a SAHM, something I’ve wanted to become for quite a while. My days are still busy and sometimes stressful. But now, instead of negotiating with colleagues/clients over how work has to be done, now it becomes: nap time or not; cleaning up or not; going home or not – and a lot more things that are typically answerable with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. But often times ending with a NO.

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Rambles: Getting used to the sun (again)


I need to get used to going out a lot often these days…

Since arriving in Ireland in 2012, I often work from home. As a Consultant, I do not need to go to an office when I am not on a client site. It is a really good perk – especially after becoming a Mom. But the downside is the fact I am often cooped inside the house on weekdays. I never developed the habit to work inside cafes (too noisy for a meeting IMO) or to go for a “short walk” to get some fresh air (hard to do that when having back-to-back meetings). But now I am a stay-at-home Mom, I have to get my ass moving and get used to getting my vitamin D from the source.

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A Long Birthday Celebration!

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My longest birthday celebration in Dublin by far!

I celebrated my birthday a couple of weeks ago. And to be honest, I was actually hoping for a different type of celebration. God did not give it to me (yet) but I would like to put my faith that He is just perfecting the timing for us all!

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Enjoying the Irish Village Markets at Spencer Dock!

irish village market

Been a looong time since I’ve been to the Irish Village Markets even if it was super close to home!

Every Wednesday at lunchtime, there are food stalls selling freshly-made and easy-to-eat lunchboxes. The food options are quite good. There are gourmet burgers, paella, kebabs and the usual Irish staple – fish and chips! The location was literally just across the street from where we live but it’s been such a long time since I’ve been here! The market starts at around 11:30 AM and ends at around 2 or 3-ish in the afternoon. Roughly around the same time that I always get busy with meetings and work. But now that I am a stay-at-home Mom, I can finally grab a quick bite from the stalls! Yay!

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Change has come: Becoming a stay-at-home Mom


It wasn’t an easy decision to become a stay-at-home Mom..

5 years ago – I arrived in Ireland. 5 years ago – I started working with one of the biggest IT firms in the world. Blessed might be an understatement to what I have achieved and experienced in the past 10 years of my career. However, similar to what my Mom told me before getting married – things do change the moment you become a mother.

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Suddenly missing Seoul: Drunken Fish wedding anniversary dinner!

drunken fish

We recently celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary! Woot! So, off we went to have dinner at Drunken Fish..

Let me begin by saying that this is not a thorough restaurant review of Drunken Fish – a Korean restaurant in the IFSC area in Dublin. We’ve been here countless times before and have eaten more “familiar” Korean dishes. But, this is the first time we visited the place after our recent Seoul trip. We went here on one of the rare sunny and warm weeknights in Ireland. And, also to celebrate our wedding anniversary!

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Errands + Lunch at Yamamori!


Had a mini celebration lunch at Yamamori along the Quays..

There’s a lot of things going on in our household over the past weeks. I don’t want to divulge anything at the moment until everything’s settled, though. But let’s just say that things are progressing quite nicely.

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