Showing posts with label life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label life. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Have I been missed? I surely missed you!

Hi Everyone.

I know it's been so long since my last post. My 19 month old son has been keeping me busy. I have no nanny at the moment as we fired the last one. So I have to be the full time care giver to my son now. This means, I am on a term break from school. Which I was sad about initially but got over it as I knew there would be no one babysitting my son while I was at school.

Hong Kong is not family friendly country. There are no daycare centres for middle class families as they are only for low income families. So this means, the whole nation relies on domestic helpers from the Philippines or Indonesia! Of course some have Grandparents or relatives around who can keep an eye on their children. But for us expats, this is not possible. To me this is a unpleasant system! I can go on about how bad it is but I shall spare you the details. We are very happy where we are in our lives now! A little complaining does not hurt! Lol!

It is not an easy task being a full time mom. Especially when the kids are in their toddler years. Running after them and moulding them to be good human beings is no easy feat. I admire full time mothers who dedicate their entire lives to taking care of their off springs full time. Even though it is hard work, I am so happy I have this opportunity to do it at this early stage of my son's life. When he looks at me and gives plenty of hugs, all the hard work seems like nothing! I guess this is what motherhood is!

I really miss making youtube videos, blogging, doing handicrafts, sewing, etc... The list goes on. The only time I get some 'me' time is when my husband is home or in the night when Mr Toddler is asleep. By then all I want to do is snuggle and sleep. Time is so precious these days.

Given that we had a loss about two months ago (read here), we are doing great. Christmas is just around the corner. This year we are going to Sweden (my in laws) to celebrate. My son is going to experience a lovely white christmas. It is going to be a long flight for us all. Fingers crossed, it will be a smooth one. I wonder how Gabriel (son) is going to manage this flight. Any tips from you (mothers) would be of great help. So please share!

I feel so good as my fingers type away on the keyboard. I miss blogging so much. Hopefully in Jan as planned, our new helper will arrive from the Philippines. I pray she will be a better caregiver to my son and a good housekeeper than the last one. This means, I will have more time to get back to what I enjoy and want to do in life.

That's it for now. My son is wanting my attention. Got to do what you got to do! Right?!

See you later skater!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Miscarriage changes life in an instant!

I was pregnant with my second child. Both my husband and I were so happy to know that my son Gabriel was going to be a big brother in April 2014. We started thinking about names and even planning how we were going to manage a newborn and a toddler while carring on with my studies. I was so ready to have this baby.

Sadly, my little one did not survive the 1st trimester. I was 11 weeks pregnant when I found out that my baby had stopped growing at 9 weeks. It was devastating news for us when the doctor told us that there was no heartbeat. The doctor told us that there was no certain cause for the miscarriage and it was not uncommon for women to experience miscarriages. I spent days crying and trying to figure out what had gone wrong. Till today, I do not know what went wrong and I knew I never will!

(illustration by Sarah Wilkins:

I never thought I would have a miscarriage. I don't think any mother or parent would! My body did show any signs of miscarriage other than cramps in my abdomen (which I thought was normal as I had it with my son). Also my body did not naturally expel my baby thus I had to go for surgery. It was terrifying yet I knew it was a needed procedure.

My life has changed. My son and husband have been the ones who have been keeping me sane. My son was so different with me during the days I had the miscarriage and surgery. He was so loving and gave me plenty of hugs and kisses. Usually, I have to beg for just one kiss or hug! I think he knew my pain.

Have I healed? I don't think so but I am trying to move on. Life is unfair and cruel at times. However I count my blessings. My son is healthy and growing up to be a very lovely boy and my husband is my pillar. Without him, I don't know where I would be in this world!

My baby is in heaven with other babies and angels. She is a part of my husband and me.  She will always be in our hearts even though we never met her in person. I will always cherish the fews weeks I was granted to have her in my body!

I am sorry to those who have been asking me how I was on my Instagram and Facebook on numerous occasions and I did not and have not responded back. Just needed some space and time to grieve! Now I am feeling better emotionally and am trying to come back to normality. In no time, I should be back to vlogging and tutorial making. Thank you for your understanding!

Monday, July 16, 2012

I am the bag lady! Relocation... Oh boy!

It's been a while since I blogged about what's going on in my life. I did mention in my earlier post about my family and myself moving to another country (Click here). Hong Kong is the next destination in Uma's life. I feel so excited yet sad. Sad to leave family (husband's side). Even though Sweden is not my native country, it is where my son was born and my husband is from. I will always have a link to this place for the rest of my life.

As you guys know, I moved from Singapore to Sweden in 2010. So to be honest, moving is nothing new to me. However, I felt so stressed about it. This time around, our budget for the move was smaller then before thus we really had to decide what to bring and what not to bring. Being the 'bag lady' (according to my husband), I wanted to bring everything. So this was quite tough for me.

Anyway, we engaged Crown relocation moving company to assist us with the packing and shipment of our personal items to Hong Kong. Two guys from their company came and did the packing and transported to items to their warehouse ready for shipment. All of this happened from 9am till 4pm. Now it's done and still I can't seem to relax. This is because we still have to sort out the items that are not going to Hong Kong. We have been giving away things to family and friends. I told myself this, in the next place of residence, we will go minimalistic. No hoarding on to things! Less is more!

On the brighter side to my rants, my son Gabriel is going to be 3 months old in 10 days. He has so much personality as he grows. He smiles, coos and makes great eye contact with me and my husband. I love him to bits. He makes even my worst days the best.

Don't mind the messy hair, I was very tired!

If anyone wants to know more about relocation and how to go about it, just ask me. I will share with you my experience. Moved from Asia to Europe and now Europe to Asia! Let's wait and see where the next destination will be in the future!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I am a Mommy now!

In case you guys have missed the news, I am a Mommy now. Let me introduce you to my newborn, Baby Gabriel Dhilip Preve! Born 20 April 2012.

I am in love all over again..........

Gabriel who is just two days old!

Will be back after I recover as I had some complications during and post delivery and am not in the best shape right now to do much.

Hope all of you are having a pleasant week! I know I am!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year and Thank you!

‎2011 is coming to end real soon. I will be counting down at the airport as I am going back home after my one month stay in Singapore. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, blogger friends, for all your wonderful support. Every comment, encouragement that I have received from you meant a lot to me. It encourages me even more to contribute to this community in the ways that I can. 

I want to wish all of you a wonderful New Year and a blessed 2012. May the next year be even better than this year! I know 2012 is going to be a fabulous for me and my husband as we are expecting our little bundle of joy in April. 

New life, new beginning. I hope you will all join me in this wonderful journey...

With much love,

Uma Preve

Saturday, October 15, 2011

We are pregnant & 1st trimester is over!

Since my last post, I have been low on the radar. Not feeling that well. Feeling like throwing up every time I eat, lie down, sit, stand, etc... Oh well, yeah I just remembered, I am pregnant! It's called morning sickness (more like all day long sickness actually!).

Yes, I am having a little baby in my tummy. Have past the first trimester now. Still can't believe that my husband and I are going to be parents. Such an awesome, yet scary, feeling.

Just wanted to pop by and say that I really miss you guys very much. Soon my body will feel better and I will get to the normal routine of things.

Thanks for coming by lovelies. I really appreciate that you are still supporting my site/blog/youtube channel.

Friday, September 30, 2011

MIA? Becos I am on vacation in Rio de Janeiro!

You guys might be wondering what happened to me? The simple reason is that I am on a one month vacation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. My holiday is coming to an end now. I have about 1 more day to go. I must confess that this was one of the best trips of my life.

Pictures do not do the beauty of this city justice. I can understand why it is also known as the 'City of God'. This city is blessed with beautiful beaches and tropical rainforest nature. I am pleased to say that I was at Copacabana and Ipanema beach almost every other day. It was so relaxing and refreshing, I really needed this. The other main attractions of this city are the Christ the redeemer, Sugar loaf mountain, the Botanic gardens and the Hippy market which is only open on sundays. Of course, if you are coming by in Feb/Mar, you can enjoy their famous carnival. There are so many things to see and do if you are open to trying and exploring!

Now, here is the not so fancy side of Rio: it is well known to be unsafe and most likely you would be mugged at one point or so. So far, nothing like that has happened to me or my husband. I think the reason is because, we didn't behave like typical tourists and had our guards up all the time. Made sure not to bring too much money and dress like tourists. We walked around in flip flops and sundresses (of course no dresses for my husband, LOL). In many instances, I was mistaken for a Brazilian. I guess that is a good sign! Language is a problem because most people speak only Portuguese.The only ones who can speak English are those who have travelled outside of Brazil and attended university. For me, this was tough as I had a hard time understanding the food menus. With all that said, I still managed to get around easily. Rio is an expensive city so make sure to bring enough money.

By the way, these movies show how the life in Rio really is 'City of God' and 'Tropa de Elite'. I must say that it is not all that fancy as what most tourists think and perceive. So be prepared for some gruesome scenes.

Here are some pictures of my trip. I am going to miss this city very much.

Strolling by the beach.... It was a beautiful sunny day!

The beach, the hotels then the slums (favelas) in the background! See the contrast?!

If you are not a good swimmer, stay away from the beach, the waves are strong!

Not sure, if you can see any micro bikinis and speedos! 

The favela (slum)

Some handmade jewelry in the hippy market! 

Never forget to try the deserts... This was made of tapioca and coconut.. Super tasty!

The Sugar loaf!

 Uma approved attraction (Sugar loaf)!

The Botanic garden... Simply beautiful!

Water fountain... Drink if you dare (I didn't btw) LOL!

The main attraction 'The cute monkey'....  

Christ the redeemer. The best attraction in my opinion! 

The magnificent view from the Christ the redeemer!

If you want to see more crazy pictures, just feel free to join me on my facebook account. 
#/UmaPreve - Fan page

See you guys soon! 


Monday, August 1, 2011

One of the best birthdays..... EVER!

I had the best birthday ever this year. My Mummy was in town. Which made it even more special. She came to Sweden all the way from Singapore and spent 10 precious days with me and my hubby. 

We went to Paris and had a blast on my birthday (23 july). In Sweden, we spent everyday doing something. Either going out sight seeing or shopping (for me it was more window shopping). In 10 days, we did more then we would have done in a month or two in Singapore. It was so much fun. Today (the last day of her holiday), I had to say good bye and send her off at the airport. It is always very difficult to say good bye. Living far away from your family is never easy. Well, thank God for the great discovery of the internet, I can keep in touch with just a click of a button. If not, I think I would go insane!

My Mum and I have a strange relationship, we are more like friends. In fact many mistaken us for sisters. Even though we have had many issues and differences in the past, we always cared and loved each other very much. 

Because of her, I am in existence. It was a tough journey but a worth while one. I really can't believe I am 30 years old. Looking forward to many many more wonderful years. 

''Mum, I love you very much and I thank you for bringing me into this world. If it was not for you, I wouldn't have met the love of my life...!''


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Final act of self expression by Illamasqua

Makeup brand Illamasqua has taken the art of make up to the next level. They have teamed up with a funeral house (in UK) to provide a service of making the depart look their best on their final journey. 
As much as I want to applaud this company for doing this, I also feel that they are using a very provocative marketing strategy!

I don't know about you guys, but death is a very touchy subject for me. I avoid attending funerals because I just can't seem to get the image of a dead person out of my mind for weeks. It scares me. 

It also makes me too emotional to see people around me sad. I think this is because of my Asian background. In Singapore, when someone passes on, everyone turn so sad and sombre. Women (older generation) start to wield and mourn loudly. I still remember how it was when my grandfather passed away when I was 11 years old. That incident really scared me. Even as an adult, I am afraid of funerals. 

However, when the time comes, I want to look my best. If Illamasqua is still in business then, I will be a customer for sure... Wait, how would I know this if I'm already dead!?...

Final act of self expression......It's more like the last time anyone will see me in makeup!

Hope you all are having a pleasant week!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Site's new look! What do you think?

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are having a fantastic weekend. It's been great here in Sweden as it's sunny and cool. It's the perfect time to make lemonades and mango lassi (mango yogurt smoothie).

As you can see, I have redesigned my website. It really needed a fresh new look. Made it much more simple and easy to navigate. Don't want to confuse my lovely readers.

Let me know your thoughts about the new banner and colour scheme. Do you like it? Is it easy for the eyes?

Your feedback is greatly welcomed and appreciated.

Have a great weekend lovelies!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sewing Channel and Singapore trip!

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to come by and let you guys know about a few things that is happening in my life right now.
I will soon be going to Singapore for about three weeks. I am sewing a lot these days because of my trip back home. It's very hot and humid in Singapore. Sweden is like the opposite in terms of weather however it is sunny and cool this time of the year. I need clothes that are very summery and that's why I am sewing a lot! A wardrobe revamp in the making.... As I am getting older, my taste in clothes have changed and I am much more particular with fittings and such. I guess sewing them yourself does solve most of the fussy issues. Sewing is time consuming but it is very rewarding and therapeutic (at least for me!). Also, I am practicing and polishing up my skills.

I really am looking forward to recording many videos while in Singapore. I really want to show you guys what Singapore looks like and my makeup routine in a humid climate. Have been asked so many times by viewers on this topic. I think the best is to show my techniques while in Singapore.

As some of you know, I have started a second Youtube channel (DIYFashionista). This channel is solely  sewing, crafts and fashion. If you are interested in the mentioned, please feel free to follow the channel. 

I know I have not been updating my blog that very often. I am not feeling it these days. I am working on it. Just that am not sure what you guys would like to see on my site. Since this site is for both makeup and sewing, I would love to know what you would like to hear from me. I am open to suggestions. 

This is all for now. I hope to back very soon with some fun updates! Till next time... have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

MIA.... Guess what I have started sewing again!

Hi Everyone,

OMG, I miss sewing so much. I have been pattern drafting a lot recently. It's been close to 6 months since I touched my sewing machine. Was never in the mood to touch the sewing machine during winter even though I was really wanting to sew a coat. It never happened! I was in hibernation mode.

Now I am back and working on a Mccall sewing pattern as well. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good pattern drafting book other then Helen Armstrong's pattern making for fashion design. I had a headache when I went thru this book/manual/textbook LOL!

I desperately want to draft my own patterns so any help from my fellow sewing enthusiasts would help tremendously. Anyway, I will be back with my completed dress soon.

Glad to be back in sewing! Yay!

Have a pleasant week everyone!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Back in Sweden!

I am back in Sweden. Back to my Hubby whom I have missed so much for the past 28 days. Yay!

Am very jet lagged right now. I hope to be back soon. Had an awesome time in Singapore. Feeling rejuvenated after the much needed vacation. 


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Shopping time - MUFE haul, Indian Sari haul & other rambles

I had so much fun window shopping and shopping. It was fun doing it with my Mum. She has good eye for colour. So yesterday, we went to Little India (a street where you can find anything Indian, eg spices, clothes, accessories, etc... I love this place, love all the smell and colours). I wanted to buy a Sari so we went to a Sari boutique. 

These were the 3 Sarees that made me all excited. You may not see excitement in my face, that's because the salesman was rambling away and I was trying to listen to what he was saying. I can understand Tamil but I can't understand when spoken with a slang which is very common from Native South Indians. I know it sounds weird! Oh well, I am weird .... sometimes! :)

1. Maroon colour with antique gold sequins/artwork

2. Deep green with pewter gold sequins/artwork

3. Dual toned blue/purple with rose gold artwork

Now guess which one of the above I bought. I want to know what you guys think of the colours and which one looks pretty to you... 

I bought the sari no.1! It was my Mama's choice.

Do you think it was a good choice?

Anyways, I also went to Makeup forever and two products form them.

1. MUFE HD primer #01 - SGD65.00
2. All Mat Face primer - SGD78.00 (Got one for my Mummy as well)

 I am so excited to try them and do a review. I think I am in the right country(hot and humid Singapore) to try products that claim to matify the face. If it works well here, I am sure it will work well in other not so humid countries. It has always been a challenge finding the right matifying primer that works. I have oily t-zone. Anyway, I will do a review as soon as I am done with testing the above two. 

After the disappointment with Eve Pearl cosmetics purchase, I told myself that I will only buy products that are well established like MAC, MUFE, Urban Decay, etc... 

Anyway, with regards to Eve Pearl saga, I was contacted by the company after I sent out the (unfit for use) products back to them. They did not apologize for the way they treated me but they admitted that the email that they claimed to have sent to me, was not sent after further investigation. Seriously, they need to improve their system. Oh well, it's water under the bridge. Just waiting for my refund and I just want to move on. Even thought they have made a video explaining about the spots and stuff recently, I am still  not convinced and that is not going to change my opinion about them as a company. I will do a video response soon after I receive the refund from them. So stay tuned for that!

It feels great to be back in Singapore! The sun really makes a difference in my mood! Even my husband said that I looked happy while we chatted on Skype!

Ok, now it's lunch time here, I am going to have my Mum's home cooked lamb curry with cucumber salad now. Yum Yum!

(By the time my vacation is over in Singapore, I think I will return to Sweden as a chubby Uma! hahaha!)


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year 2011!

Thank you so much for all your kind support and encouragement. I wish all of you a very Happy 2011! May this year bring loads of joy, happiness, good health and success to all of us!

I hope this year, I can spend more time on blogging and making videos on Youtube. I may even do some cooking videos, since they are highly requested. This is my goal for 2011. I am not going to list my resolutions here as I don't want to bore you. However, this will give me an excuse to blog about it when I get to doing and accomplishing them.

When I look back at 2010, I am glad it is over as it was a tough year for me. Moving across the globe and starting life in a new environment is a big deal and it has not been easy. I am glad I had that opportunity that many can only dream of. 

I am truly blessed to have a wonderful partner who has been a huge support during both my good and bad times. Thank you Husband for your love! I don't know what I will do without you!

2011 is going to be an awesome year!

Cheers :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I am in Singapore! My Homeland!

Yes, I just arrived in Singapore today at 430pm (local time). So glad, to be back! After 8 months being away from my family and friends. It has been a rough time but I think it is all worth it. I feel so happy to be back. I will be here for a month. My long awaited vacation. Sadly, Mr Hubby could not make this trip with me due to his work schedule. 

With all said, everything seems different. I don't know how to explain the feeling. I really hope to do some soul searching and enjoy every minute of my time here in Singapore, with my Family and Friends. Oh, I miss the food too, so that means it's chuck chuck time! :) Recharge time!

It's my Mummy's birthday tomorrow (31th Dec), I can see that she is so glad to have me back. So I am going to give her a makeover and hopefully make this birthday a memorable one for her.

I am really looking forward to the new year. I can't wait to let go of 2010 and embrace 2011. 2010 has been a year of testing and trials. Good things and bad things have happened. I hope, 2011 will be an amazing year for me, Mr Hubby, family, friends and all of you!

So, 2011 here I (We) come!

Night Night my lovelies!

(PS: I am so jet lagged, trying to sleep now so that I can get up early tomorrow!)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

To all my lovelies,

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May this day bring joy and happiness. God Bless!

My Christmas Tree! We have much more gifts than that you see. It's at my in laws as we are celebrating Christmas with them this year.

Can't wait to open all the gifts! (The little kid in me has awaken!)


Friday, December 10, 2010

In London again!

Here I am at the hotel blogging about my wonderful day at Westfield shopping centre! Yes, I am in London again. Reason for being here, well it's a perk that comes with being married to a Senior lecturer (assistant professor). While he is on a work conference, I have a blast touring the city! hahaha! (Sorry darling hubby, you spoil me too much! Love you!)

Anyway my lovely readers, I am also very excited to be here because I am going to meet some Youtube and blog friends. For the first time, I am going to meet them face to face. Hopefully with their permission, I will be able to post some pictures of our meet up session. It's going to be fun. I miss socializing as It has been quite difficult for me in Sweden. Not that the people there are unfriendly, it's just that I find it difficult to break the language barrier. I tried learning Swedish but I didn't want to continue for reasons that I think I will keep to myself. Anyway, this is something I am trying to work on as I am having a home based business and it would be good if I know some Swedish. With all said, I am truly blessed and thankful that I am living a life that many could only imagine. 

Now that I am here in London, I feel so at home. Everything is so familiar. I feel like I kind of belong here. It's so nice to see that everything is in English. It reminds me of my home country but a slightly older version (Singapore is a young nation). There was a very nice old lady who helped us get a taxi when she saw that we were quite lost. God bless her!

 Maybe who knows, my next chapter of my life will be in London. I can only visualize and aim for it. Only time will tell.

Back to my day here today, we checked in and went straight to Westfield shopping centre. OMG, it totally reminds me of Vivo city (Singapore). Huge shopping centre with awesome shops to shop till you drop. I had a blast window shopping with Mr Hubby. 

Tomorrow, I am heading to a huge art supply store called 'London graphics' at Covent garden. I need to stock up on sketchbooks and art supply since I can't get some things in Sweden. 

Hopefully, I can share my art haul with you guys if time permits. 

Here is a picture we took when we were browsing Ted Barkers store. It's Santa trying to show some skin. Eeewwww! We could see hair on his legs!

Thanks for coming by.

Big hugs & see ya later!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I'm still here!

Hello my lovelies,

I know it's been a while since I blogged anything. I am not feeling all too well and have been busy with my course work. I had to do loads of drawing and experiment with different art supplies for my illustrations. I have learnt a lot. Also I have been a little down because of the weather here in Sweden. Days are getting shorter and darkness is really freaking me out. I need the sun! 

Anyway, these are the reasons for my absence. I promise to pull my self together and get all the things I plan to do done asap. The things I need to do 1st is to host a contest/giveaway on my Youtube channel and do a giveaway on my blog. It is about time! Need to show my appreciation to my fellow makeup addicts and sewing enthusiasts. Without you guys, there would be no Umapreve/youtube or

Regarding giveaways, I won one. It was from Eve's house (blog). She is an awesome person and I am very privileged to know her and become a personal friend. She has such a sweet spirit! Check her out if you haven't.

Here is the pretty jewelry set and goodies she sent me.

Don't mind the mess, I was drawing when I received the package. 

She gave me cute buttons too! Thank you Eve!

Eve's creations! 
Love the leopard print box. Love it!

Thanks for coming by. 

Big hugs!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

An interesting article - Top ten ways to be a Feminist

A friend of mine posted this article on Facebook. Out of curiosity I read it and found it interesting. Here it is ladies, top ten ways to be a Feminist. Read this article and you will see that there is no need to go bra-less and refuse to shave our armpits to prove a point. 

I know that I am already doing some of what has been written in the article. I am a Feminist in my own way!

Hope you like it!