November is the Month for Giving Thanks

Hello MMers!

I love the idea of a family holiday called Thanksgiving. I grew up watching movies and hearing stories of Thanksgiving. It’s a heartwarming thought that everyone in the family, big and small, far and near, gathered together under one roof to thank and appreciate the fortunate and blessed ongoings in their lives. In fact, it is very similar to what I have in my tradition that we called Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year.

As most of you know that I haven’t seen my family for almost two years, I miss them very dearly. But I am thankful that all of them are healthy and strong. I didn’t have to worry about them being in hospital and me not being there at their bedside. Neither do I have to worry about the elderly alone at home where we have a sound support system set up at home with my sister and brother-in-law living with my dad. And with Singapore, free from natural disasters and all-year-round warm weather, there is no need for me to worry excessively about earthquakes or typhoons happening back home. And the political stability in Singapore, I don’t have to worry about riots or violence impacting the safety of my loved ones. These are a lot to be thankful for.

As an expat away from home, given that travelling is still restrictive, I can be stuck in a horrid situation where one of my loved ones is seriously ill, and I can’t be there for them. I’m sure that many, like us, foreigners far away from home and some, unfortunately, will be working during this holiday season while suffering from homesickness or worrying about a loved one being sick. So let us be kind and generous to one another. We don’t know what the other person is going through, what kind of life are they leading, but we can all do our part by smiling, taking time to greet one another and generously tipping our front liners. A smile and a “how are you” goes a long way.

These two years away from our dearest ones have taken a toil from us, even my little one, who is terribly missing her grandparents. With the incoming newborn, we thought it may be better to strengthen our support system. After all, it takes a village to raise a child, let alone we are going to have two mischievous monkeys! We are seriously thinking of ending our expatriate life here in Malaysia and returning to Singapore next year.

I am also grateful that interstate travelling is relaxed in November, and we can explore parts of Malaysia once more. We are planning 3 road trips within these two months before I popped out the incoming gift. Starting today, I kicked off our road trip adventures with glamping in the forest at Sekeping Serendah. Glamping is a form of glamorous camping in which you get to immerse with nature without sacrificing too much of your comfort.

The next road trip will happen in mid-November, where we will head for Malaysia’s Club Med in Cherating so that our daughter can enjoy activities right at the beach while her parents enjoy some couple time, him drinking beers and me sipping my virgin mojitos by the pool in peace and quiet, before the hectic arrival of a screaming newborn and coping with the jealousy of an older sibling.

I’m kidding.

Not about the screaming baby but about the sibling rivalry.

My daughter has been so enthusiastic about the arrival of her baby sister; she has been bugging my gynaecologist at every check-up to cut me up and take out the baby quickly. She just can’t wait for her baby sister to come out of me! Yes, my morbid little one even asked if she could be next to him during surgery so she could watch him operate on me. The best part? I’m due for a natural birth, not a caesarean surgery, so I guess she’ll be pretty disappointed when she finds out.

Finally, ending our third adventure at Penang beginning of December was subjected to my gynaecologist’s approval since it is pretty close to my due date. So it may or may not happen. Not so sure if I can roll around by then since I’m having backaches if I am on my feet for too long. But Penang is a heavenly place for foodies like me.

Greenery nature in a forest, chill time on the beach, and heavenly food paradise sounds like the ultimate babymoon! If Thanksgiving is all about spending quality time with loved ones, I am fortunate to be spending it with my family. Please pardon me if I am slow in my comments, but I’ll be sure to post gorgeous photos of my adventures next month.

Until then, you’ll be in my thoughts. Take care.


16 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for sharing this article with everyone. You will be in my prayers. Have fun while you can. God bless you and your family. Stay safe.


  2. I’m sorry to hear that is so long that the lock down restriction started. There was real panic in my home town. People buying all the toiletpaper and chips was only funny till it all was sold out and the reality came clear that it will take a long time till normality is back in town. Hope that the restriction will be over one day in the very near future.


  3. Gratitude is contagious!


  4. This is great. Enjoy your trip. And congrats on the new baby on the way. ❤️🤗


  5. newwhitebear says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. There are still a few weeks to go but you are getting ready with a new baby on the way.


  6. capost2k says:

    Keeping you and your family in my prayers. Due date? Or if that is too personal for the blog, email me? ❤️&🙏, c.a.


  7. utesmile says:

    Wishing you wonderful trips, enjoy your family and your daughter before the arrival. Do stay safe and healthy. I know how it is , I will see my sister after 2 years next week when I decided to go to Germany. It will be so lovely to hug her again. It is the time to get out a bit. Big hug from me! ♥


  8. Congratulation, Kally, and best wishes for the months ahead!

    Challenging in the extreme to be apart from your family for so long. Just as much so for them, especially as they’ll have a new granddaughter/niece/cousin. Just imagine how glorious the eventual reunion will be.

    You’re so right about Thanksgiving being a spectacular, “warm” holiday. As far as I know, the US and Canada are the only places which celebrate it too, which means the thrilling discovery still awaits nearly everyone else on the planet. My, are they in for a treat!

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much!

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  10. Kally, your message of thankfulness is very appropriate this time of year. Blessings to you and your extended family as well as the exciting arrival of your daughter. I am father to three daughters so sisters are close to my heart. My youngest daughter is expecting her first baby near the end of January.


  11. Thank you for these beautiful and warm words. I wish you and your family all the best, and wonderful holidays. And I’m looking forward to reading about the she-baby 😉


  12. Jennie says:

    Kally! I love, love this post and all your wonderful news. Yes, Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what we have. How old is your daughter? If you need book recommendations, let me know. You have many adventures ahead. Best to you.

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    1. Kally says:

      My daughter, Audrey is 4 years old. She loves reading and she has more books than toys. Haha. Currently, she’s reading books for 6-7 years old. If you have any woman empowerment stories suitable for that age, I’ll love to introduce to her! Thanks, Jennie.

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      1. Jennie says:

        “She Persisted” by Chelsea Clinton is a great woman empowerment book.


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