Nothing beats home! :)

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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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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)

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

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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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Errands + Lunch at Yamamori!

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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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Father’s Day celebration + End of Season Sale!

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This year, we had the End of Season Sale at the same time as Father’s Day!

We recently celebrated Father’s Day. And because the weather was so gloriously good on that day, we decided to spend the entire day outdoors!

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Pride + Weekend Errands

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The pride parade was on that weekend but I had to go to the city center for some errands..

A couple of weekends ago was gay pride in Dublin. A lot of people consider this a big achievement in Ireland, especially after the State legalized same-sex marriage. It could’ve been because of the country’s Catholic roots. Or, the fact there are still a lot of countries out there where individuals belonging to the LGBTQ community are still fighting for their rights. So for Ireland to officially recognize this right and grant to them – is such a huge milestone for the group!

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Little one’s trip to Panda Play Cafe

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My son turned three last month and we took him to Panda Play Cafe so he can have fun..

My son turned three years old last month. Sometimes, it feels surreal to realize how time flies. Of course, hard parenting times are there – especially without having any form of support system from relatives because we live abroad. But just to see my son grow before my eyes make me emotional sometimes.

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Of course, he had cake at home!

One of the reasons why there are times I feel bad for my son are milestones such as birthdays. Throughout my childhood, I celebrated this day with cousins and neighbors. They were also the same persons whom I consider as my close friends while growing up. But for him, it is hard to organize such events without spending a lot of money. Doing it DIY (to save a bit) is not an option either as we don’t have space to cater for guests at home.

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A pre-Christmas stroll around Dublin

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One weekday, before Christmas in Dublin

2016 is about to end. And just like the past years, around this time of the month, I file for my unused annual leave dates before it gets forfeited when the New Year comes. Surprisingly, I still have A LOT of annual leave dates left. I bought a lot of “extra days” for this year because, from experience in 2015, I can’t have too many leave dates since there are A LOT of external factors that will require me to use them (ie nanny not coming to work) apart from me actually taking a break. But then, we didn’t really do much traveling this year. So, that was a reason why I only use the leave days now.

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