Getaway: Mama & Allegra Go To Cassia, Bintan, Indonesia

So baby girl no. 1 and I got the chance to try out Banyan Tree’s new hotel, Cassia in Bintan, Indonesia. It was a chance to relax and bond with each other. I mean, it really isn’t often that I get to spend 3 days with her alone. And she doesn’t get mama all to…

My Allegra.*

Of all my children, Allegra is the most spunky.  She walks with a spring in her step. She sings, dances, skips and hops all at once.  When she smiles (and it is usually a cheeky smile), her big round eyes light up with eager anticipation.  Even though she is confident and extroverted, don’t mistake this…

Maids Are The Backbone of Our Society

When I was growing up, we had a couple of domestic helpers around the house, usually from Philippines or Indonesia. (For those unfamiliar with Singapore, domestic help is commonplace because it is affordable.) From my observations, even as a child, I knew that good domestic help was difficult to find. When we did have a…

The Past, The Present & The Future

As I write this post, I’m expecting my third baby, running a business with a few new businesses in the pipeline and I’m happily married. It all seems so easy, but it wasn’t at first, and it still isn’t at times. It’s difficult sometimes to find that happy equilibrium, but not impossible. Life couldn’t have…