Sunday, August 3, 2014

Celebrate Fatherhood: Life with My Girls As An Entrepreneur | Guestpost by Boon, Daddy Photographer

Sakura Haruka is not a blog just about celebrating motherhood. It shares the joys {& frustrations!} of parenting and of families as a whole. Inspired by my hubby's thoughts on being a dad, Celebrate Fatherhood is thus a monthly series where daddies from all walks of life share insights about what fatherhood means to them, and how we can appreciate their role in a family too.

I sincerely thank all those who took the time to guest post for me. Most of those I approached were very supportive and enthusiastic about this new series, sharing my belief that being an involved dad, and getting the dads involved, is important in building a strong family. If you have a story to share, please email me at sakuraharuka {at} live {dot} com.


I was astonished when Ai Sakura wanted me to be a guest blogger for her Celebrate Fatherhood series. Bear with me, I am no writer who can write something fanciful.

I had written it days after. But I decided to rewrite everything because things had changed for the better! I am glad that everything is mostly sunshine now.

All thanks to my lovely wife, parents and the kids. They know that I am building up my own career, hence the support from them is the greatest gift I can receive so that I can pursue my dreams. Such supportive action is very important; without which, my chances of failure are very high. I really feel appreciated more than anything else. It is never easy, but I am still willing to try.

No doubt that because I am self-employed now, I have times to send my kids to and fro the school. I am very happy whenever I see the smiley cheeky face behind the wooden door with the see-through window. Let’s not talk about the "vomit blood" times when they test my patience and make my blood pressure go up! (Indeed, I have it now!)

Since starting my own business, I've decided to be more proactive into exercising with my girls – taking it as an opportunity to lose some weight, and getting them away from being a TV addict! Times like these are important bonding sessions for us!

I am looking forward to have more game time with them – cards, board games and even chess! Now, the daddy seems to be a little kid too, despite being very strict at home. It is better to discipline them well now than let them get in trouble with the laws later.

Although the path is long and tiring, I don't have any complain at all. We were once like them before, and the cycle will just keep going on and on. I believe that they will be more sensible when they grow older and understand the value of everything.

Boon Ong is a father to Caitlyne & Claryne, and husband to a research specialist. A professional photographer, he is currently setting up his own media production company that deals with photo, video and audio productions. Since 2008, he has been documenting his fatherhood journey on his blog, and sharing his views on media and technology here.

Well, they say behind every successful man is a woman.. and in Boon's case, there are 3! :P Nonetheless, his story really shows how important appreciation and support from the family affects the dads - it can make or break them. I've said that there's "me" in motherhood. Well, dads have their own dreams as individuals too and being in a family means making sure everyone gets to achieve their hopes and dreams together :)

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Masshole Mommy said...

It sounds like he has a great balance in his life!

mail4rosey said...

Agreed, without family support it is hard to forge ahead with making dreams come true. Hurrah he's surrounded by love and support. That is no small thing. Great guest post!

An Apel a Day said...

I love the photo of him! It reminds me of when I was little. We used to do my Dad's hair. One time he forgot that we did it, and he went to the grocery store with a bow in his hair. :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for the kind words =)

Support is very important. Feel glad and feel very happy in life.

Hair was disturbed by wife and the kids were laughing happily. Am glad that this photo is well received. Hahaha