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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Family Obento Ideas - Matryoshka Chocolate Wassant Bread | Week 36

 What's in my obento this week? 
Chocolate Wassant bread & Grapes in Matryoshka nesting lunchboxes.

Obento {お弁当} is a home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine and doesn't always need to be complicated or time-consuming. I hope to inspire you to create delicious, everyday obento meals for your family with these simple ideas and tools.

These photos are part of the 52 Weeks Family Obento Ideas series.

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my family time {and a little blog break haha} in Australia.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Off to Problogger Event, Australia | Blog Break #PBevent

As you're reading this now, my whole family and I are in Gold Coast and I'm attending the first day of Problogger Event! :)

If you're a blogger, you'd probably know of Problogger Event {PBEVENT}, but if not.. well, it's like a bloggers conference in Australia to network with one another and learn from experienced international bloggers like Pat Flynn {Smart Passive Income}, Chantelle {Fat Mum Slim} and the man himself, Darren Rowse {ProBlogger}.

Before I was more involved with the local blogging scene, I was already following and online friends with quite a few Aussie bloggers, and for the past few years, I'd been reading about their wonderful experiences at PBEVENT. The people they met, the fun things that happened, the amazing blogging insights... it made me really excited to go one day too!! BUT, at the back of my head, it seemed a little crazy for me to fly all the way to Australia to attend a bloggers conference. After all, blogging is not my full-time job and just a hobby. At most, a serious hobby... how can I justify spending so much money to go, when I hardly make any money off it? There would be costs for the conference tickets, flight tickets, accommodation etc etc. Not to mention taking time off my actual work.

As the new year started, there was already a buzz for PBEVENT 2014 again amongst my Aussie bloggy friends. The urge to attend resurfaced again as somehow, I'd been getting the feeling that I was hitting a blogging rut. Yes, I love blogging and I can write my usual 4 posts a week but, somehow I didn't feel as inspired as I used to be. The words didn't seem to flow as easily and there was a nagging feeling that my usual blogging style wasn't working for me anymore and I needed a change, but I wasn't sure exactly what the matter was or what I needed to do.

I guess it happens to any blogger at any point of their blogging journey. I know some bloggers get out of it, and some just give up blogging.

I talked to the boy and he encouraged me to go to PBEVENT this year. "What's the harm?", he said. So what if I saw blogging as just a hobby, he saw that he meant even more to me and was something that I thrived on, and that I wanted to do well in. "Anything that you are passionate about is worth spending time and money on. Do more of what makes you happy. At most, don't attend another PBEVENT again if this time sucks".

Oh, I love how easily he puts things in perspective :)

And so, yes, we are here in Gold Coast now. There's really an exciting schedule of PBEVENT conference sessions going on which include talks on SEO {I'm soooo clueless haha}, working with brands, web video strategies {fits in with my Blog Goals 2014!}, harnessing social media for social good {something I've been working on since Blog Goals 2013!}, building an online community {hello, Blog Goals 2012!} and many more. These are probably stuff I can learn online as well if I took the time to research, but nothing beats hanging out with and hearing personal perspectives from 500+ bloggers over 2 full days. I heard the synergy there is pretty awesome ;)

But other than the excitement of getting great tips from inspirational bloggers on how to create compelling content and manage a better blog/life balance, I'm also happy that I'm finally, like FINALLY getting to meet some of my Aussie blogging mates like Mama Grace and Emily and turning them into my real-life friends :) And also catching up with Valyn again because I asked her if she was interested to go to the conference with me and she happily obliged hehe. Yay!

I'm looking forward to getting all fired up for blogging again after my time here and after the conference, my family and I are extending our stay in Queensland to relax and explore. It's been almost two decades since I last came to Gold Coast, and it's Lil Pumpkin's first time here.

Will be taking this opportunity to have a little blog break as well, so I won't be as active online to focus on my family, take time to live life, as well as to think about how I can apply what I learnt at PBEVENT to my own blog. I've scheduled my usual Wordless Wednesday Family Obento series, the next Celebrate Fatherhood feature post and will be taking it slow for the rest of September even after I return from Australia about 2.5 weeks later. However, if you know me, you'd probably know I'm not likely to stay away from social media completely so will likely post some Aussie trip updates on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter :P

Follow me there if you're interested and catch up again when we get back!! (^^)V

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday {linky}: Family Obento Ideas - Pork Stir-fried Udon & Kinderspel Lunchbag | Week 35



What's in my obento this week?
Pork Stir-fried Udon Noodles {豚焼きうどん}.

Thought my pink floral obento box matched my new Kinderspel Blooming Flower Lunch bag 
from Shop Beba {new kids online store based in Singapore} very well!
Oh so pretty~ It's made of waterproof fabric and has an insulating outer material which keeps your food fresh for a long period of time. Kinda big too & I can actually
fit in TWO lunchboxes and TWO water bottles!

Obento {お弁当} is a home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine and doesn't always need to be complicated or time-consuming. I hope to inspire you to create delicious, everyday obento meals for your family with these simple ideas and tools.

These photos are part of the 52 Weeks Family Obento Ideas series.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bub & Me: Teacher's Day 2014 | DIY Starburst Rainbow Loom Bracelets

It's pretty early but since we'll be out of the country on Teacher's Day 2014 {Fri, 5 Sep for those unaware} and Lil Pumpkin won't be in class to celebrate with her teachers, we prepped early so that she can give them her diy gifts and cards next week before our trip.

As usual, we wanted to craft something to make them more meaningful and since we've been so into Rainbow Loom lately, we decided to just make some simple bracelets for them. For previous years, we had made hand-stamped tote bags & washi tape notebooks

I'm not too sure about giving Rainbow Loom bracelets to adults as some might find them too childish {??} but it's something Lil Pumpkin thought of herself and wanted to do so I didn't want to shoot down her idea. Even if they don't want to wear it, they can still modify a bit and use it as a key chain :)

We went through a few Rainbow Loom bracelet designs and decided on the pretty Starburst bracelet. It's really easy to make and not that "childish" I guess :P Lil Pumpkin chose the colours for each teacher, and helped to set up the bands on the loom {with me guiding hehe}. Lil Pumpkin can loop too but only for really, really simple loom designs so I did that part for these bracelets. Later today I'll see if I can get some charms for their initials to add to each bracelet.

For the card, I used this cute free printable and edited a bit to suit the occasion since it was meant for Valentine's Day. Printed and Lil Pumpkin stuck it on cardboard with a white doily to make it prettier. After that, I poked 2 holes with a screwdriver {too thick for a hole puncher} and slipped the bracelets through.

Rather pretty! Hope the teachers will like these gifts made with love from Lil Pumpkin and me. Yeah, she might not have made it all by herself, but I like her teachers too and appreciate all their effort and time spent on her so I'm always happy to lend a helping hand in making these gifts. We're "knot" kidding, they are the best! :)

Wishing all teachers a Happy Teacher's Day 2014 in advance!

Check out the other fun activities we did with Lil Pumpkin or my list of Kid-Friendly places in Singapore.

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