Why Smile?

“Your smile can save a distressed soul, gladden a sad heart, or heal a broken spirit. Have a blessed day.”

— Unknown quotes —


Here, at some traffic light, there are some Crossing Guards who are stand by to help people or bicycle to cross the street.

Well, it’s look a simple job but it is not!
They will need to stand up for  long hours either under the sun or in the raining time.
We take car everyday, so we will never cross the street and meet them.

There is one Crossing Guard that we always meet in the morning and we decide to try our best to give him smile when we pass through him.
Kids will waive hands to him too!

You know what? He really looks happy and smile.

This remind me to one old man who does cleaning on our home block at Singapore.

Since JJ first time started to go to school ( JJ was around 2.5 years old) , TT and I always wait him on the same place every day to pick him up from the school bus. TT was still around 10 months old during that time. And most of the time we will meet this uncle when he sat down there and took a rest.

This uncle will always smile and happily called TT and most of the time TT will smile to him.
When JJ arrived and before we came back to the house kids will say bye bye to this uncle.

It continued until TT started his school and until last year before we moved here. It had been around 4 years since the first time we met this uncle. My husband and I will always walked with our kids go to the MRT Station in the morning (go to school).
Though we will not meet this uncle everyday but, every time we met this uncle, this uncle was so happy!

He will say “Good morning, my little friends!”

And kids will answer him, ” Good morning, uncle!”

Not only that uncle who was happy but also our kids!

And our kids will not only give smile to this uncle but also to another uncle who also clean our block and to the taxi driver, waitress, bus driver, etc.

Sometime we thought that those people looks so fierce, not friendly, etc. But why don’t we are the one who start smile to them? Greet them. It will make their day!

Smile to them, they need it. They never ask for it, but they need it and they will be very grateful when some one greet them and smile to them.

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day”.

 ~by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. ~



Oh Changi… Tired and sad but Happy at the end..

There was one day, last week, I and my kids went to Changi airport to pick up my mom. Kids were very happy when they learned that they will go to Changi. Kids… they love air plane.

I planned to bring kids lunch there and spend sometime to play there too. I love Changi terminal 3, very nice and there are some places for kids to play. We went there a bit late for lunch time and I knew that kids started to get hungry. Very hungry, I should say 😀

Once we reached there, first thing that kids said was “I want to eat, I am hungry” They wanted to eat Swensen but I can’t found it. So I decided to eat at one restaurant and they ate a lot. They love noodle, so to made things easier for me, we ordered noodle. They were very happy eating their noodle and played with the waitress there.

Once we finished our lunch, I planned to bring them walk around there. They run here and there happily. Suddenly they stopped at one place which is like playground but we have to pay if we want to play there. They insisted wanted to play there. I cannot decided it yet because it was almost time for my mom to boarding. Until I got a phone call from my mom that the air plane was broken and will be delay for 45 mins. I let my kids to play there and I was very tired. It was almost 40 mins and I didn’t get any news from my mom. I called her and was very upset when she told me that the air plane cannot flew over and had to wait some more time. They even cannot confirmed the timing.

I was surprised and I knew I can’t did anything. Honestly, I was very upset. How about my kids? JJ still asked me, when his grand mom will arrive. I told him that the air plane was broken and delayed. I was afraid that they will be bored and cranky. I was wrong, I saw they played happily and didn’t care what happened. They really enjoyed. I started to think that it is useless for me to be upset. Nobody can do anything, so I started to play with them. It was fun 😀

Finished from the playground, they wanted to take the monorail. They wanted to eat Mc Donald for dinner. Well, I forgot the Mc Donald is at Terminal 1 or 2. So we were trial and error. Finally we found it. It was very crowded but it was not crowded by the passengers or people who wanted to pick up. It was full of students who had study group there.

There was a lady came to us with her 9 months old baby. She started asking me about some questions regarding kids (food, behavior, etc.). I shared with her my experiences and my kids tried to make a friend with the baby 😀 I asked her if she wanted to pick up someone. Surprisingly, she told me that she and her husband and son, went to Changi just for a stroll.

Surprising me but give me another place idea to stroll with family, may be one day we wanted to go there only for a stroll. Sounds funny, but indeed Changi is a very nice place to go. Thank you to Changi, I was happy there though it was very tiring. At the end, I and kids went back home without my mom. My husband who picked her up because it was very late. They reached home around 11.30 pm.

I will never forget this experience, spend lunch and dinner at Changi airport with my kids. They ate very well too, it was also make me happy and satisfied. They were happy and wasn’t cranky at all while they were there.

We arrived home around 7.30pm. Home sweet Home 😀

You might want to spend your day at Changi airport 😀 I can say that Terminal 3 is very nice place to go 😀 I went there before but always only for a while.

It was a very precious experience for me with kids.

There is one thing I learned from my children:

“By being happy, we could forget all the sadness and tiredness.”

How about you? Any experiences like mine? Would you like to share?

Our presence is more important than our presents

It is a common thing that kids love presents 🙂 They will be very happy every time they receive a present from others. Every time, when my eldest son’s friends celebrate their birthday, he will be very happy to bring and give the presents to his friends, but he will ask me, “where is my present ?”

I know that he cannot wait until his birthday (which is few months ahead) to get his birthday present. But today, he told me that he wants to celebrate his birthday in the school with his friends and teacher, same as what we did when he was in the pre-nursery class last year. He said that he wants to give presents to all his classmates (goodies bags) but he didn’t mention about the present for him self. He said ” later, papa, mama, and TT come to my class and we take picture like last year when JJ was younger” His words really make my heart melted 🙂 He wants our presence not the present.

We always attending to almost all his school activities which involve parents and students. But there was one day we really didn’t know that JJ will have performance in his school. When I picked him up from his school bus, he asked me, “Mama, why you didn’t come and watch me sing a song? Almost all of my friends have their papa mama there”. I was surprised, and i said sorry to him. And he laughed and said “It’s ok, mama.” I was so sad, I didn’t know that he will have performance that day.

On the parent – teacher meeting, his teacher also asked me why I didn’t come that day. And I explained to her that I didn’t know. His teacher said that she tried to call me two time before the performance day and wanted to ask me to come because on the preparation of the performance, JJ sang and danced very well. His pre-nursery teacher also asked his nursery teacher to called me to make sure I will come and not to miss this performance. That was the first time we missed his performance.

Though he was not angry and told me that it was ok, but I believe that he was sad. We also regret that we missed that performance.

From my experience, for us, our presence is more important than our presents. He didn’t expect anything other that our presence on his performance. But I am glad that his teacher said that he did very well on the performance and indeed he is a happy boy.

This is a lesson to learn for us that we should pay more attention to our kids, giving them presents will make them happy, but they would be more than happy if they get our presence 🙂