Part-time Mom – Part II

Continuing on my mini Kai photo-a-day project, more random baby flatlay ideas came about. We had to make do with what we have, but that’s the fun of it I reckon.

Kai the garden gnome. Gnomes don’t strike me as the happiest magical folk, but I reckon that Snow White and the Seven Dwarves redefined how gnomes were illustrated; that they are in core, kind creatures.

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Kai is Singin’ in the Rain. It has been raining quite a bit as of last, and once, the thunder rang so loudly it gave Kai a shock. But rain isn’t always scary, or as upsettingly gloomy as it might seem. I think rain can be rather beautiful and fun as well; Barney agrees. Got to love the smell of rain, there’s just something about it. “If all the raindrops turned into gumdrops, oh what a day that would be!”

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Kai’s a scoop of old fashioned vanilla. Sometimes, the weather gets so crazy warm it perpetually gets me fantasising of ice cream.

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Kai as Totoro. I don’t know if many people know about Totoro, but he’s the iconic fluffy creature behind Studio Ghibli’s logo. I recall watching a few Studio Ghibli cartoons when I was younger; a few of my favourites – Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke. I wouldn’t fully classify their animated films as kid films, because they are so much deeper than “just a cartoon”. I loved the music, the alternative perspective these films provided, the core message each was trying to deliver, and really hope that they won’t vanish from the next generation. It’s not about idealism, nor the lack of imagination, but about values that are losing their worth because our generation has displaced them with other things.

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“Many of my movies have strong female leads – brave, self-sufficient girls that don’t think twice about fighting for what they believe with all their heart. They’ll need a friend, or a supporter, but never a savior. Any woman is just as capable of being a hero as any man.” – Hayao Miyazaki

Love, A.

Part-time Mom – Part I

Oh hi again wordpress. I’m sorry I didn’t get to update you as much as I had wanted when I first started this page. Things just got abit craycray as of late.

J & I have ventured into a brand new adventure – we’ve set up a mini shop that supports a social cause close to our hearts. Maybe I’ll share more about that next time. Right now, I’ve taken a month and half off work (well technically I’m still working on the go, but well, it’s still time off schedule), to help my sister take care of her baby boy! I was soooo excited to meet my little nephew, and while it hurt because I wasn’t able to be there for my sis during her delivery and post-delivery month, I still wanted to be a part of her new chapter as a mom. In all honesty, my sister never struck me as a very motherly figure. HAH. But because of that, I was really surprised at quickly she has adapted into her new role.

Moms out there, you have all my respect. This part-time mom has her mind blown at the amount of work taken to care for one child. Even with my experience as a child-care teacher, it’s never the same when you have your own kid. My little nephew’s name is Kai. Kai is generally a happy kid, but he tends to get very angry quickly when he’s hungry, or when he wants a nappy change. A hungry man is an angry man. Works the same with little boys too I reckon. Kai is also a very determined kid. He will cry the house down to have his demands met. HAH. That’s the tricky bit. But when I look at his face, and chubby legs, I can’t get very mad at him for long at all.

Truly, it takes a village to raise a child. I see the way everyone fusses over Kai, spewing heaps of advice as to how my sister should care for him, bla bla bla. I think most Asian moms can probably relate. I wonder if it’s an Asian thing you know, to like have all your relatives pit in something about you and your maternal ways. Wow, I don’t know how I would deal with all that pressure on top of the physical, emotional, and mental change that comes with having your own child.

Having said that, I’m real grateful for the whole experience. Gave me an insight into motherhood. And whilst on the job, might as well make a creative one out of it. I embarked on this – a photo a day challenge.

Here’s Kai as:

An angry sushi chef who isn’t too pleased with his fellow cooks.

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A 재벌 (chaebol; wealthy business conglomerate) enjoying time in his personal pool and doughnut float, whilst aspiring to model for Banana Boat or Prada some day.

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Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh’s favourite human friend. Oh, you got to love Winnie-the-Pooh quotes; they’re as deep and meaningful as quotes get, the whole journey of childhood, imagination, friendship, and growth into adulthood. I’m just glad my Winnie-the-Pooh classic toys were given new life again.

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“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think, but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” – Christopher Robin.

The legendary Monkey King 孙悟空 (Sun Wu Kong), and that’s because according to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, Kai’s born in the year of the Monkey.

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Did I mention how much I adore 방탄소년단 (BTS) which naturally means I adore their latest 화양연화: Young Forever album. Soooooo good.
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So last but not least, Kai embraces his 청춘 (chung choon; youth) as he sails on a rainbow hotair balloon. Haha, I am very inspired by 방탄소년단 judge me if you must -> crazy noona fan. Maybe someday we’ll understand that we are only as old as believe.

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Till next time!

Love, A.