6 years in blogging + giveaway

Apparently according to WordPress, today is marked my six years of blogging with WordPress.  Yaaay, happy birthday to http://www.ohdearria.com I suppose!

In these six years of blogging, I probably just started religiously writing or posting in the last 2 years, I think.  Before that I was on and off, more off than on..tee hee…

So, through blogging for this six years I got to know a lot of people offline.  Few of them I have met, and few of them even though I haven’t seen them in flesh but we bond our friendship through private messages, other social media such as Path and FB. And I am very very grateful to get to know each of you, and I am thankful that you’ve been following this blog, commenting, and liking, and also give your loves through my Instagram as well.

I am trying hard when I’m expressing my point of views or opinions through my writing that I won’t judge people or thing, though sometimes it’s hard and I failed.  I apologize if you’ve ever felt offended by my writing or my comments.

I’m now daring myself by doing this, but what the heck it’s 2017, I gotta start new thing 🙂  I haven’t done this thing so far.  So, here’s the thing…. because it’s six anniversary of this blog I would like to give a little something for six people who comment on this post. I also have six questions for you to answer 🙂

Here they are:

  1.  What city I live?
  2.  What is my dog’s name and what breed is he?
  3. How many children I have?
  4. What do you want me to write more on this blog or what kind of story do you want me to write about?
  5. Should I blog more in bahasa Indonesia?
  6. Should I keep doing my vlog? Will you watch?

Okay that is all, it’s easy peasy right?  I will let you know the six lucky readers on my next post in the first week of February.  Those six people whose answers are all correct or close to, will get ; stationery from Kikki K, a fridget magnet, and a little something from Typo.  I’ll be waiting for your comments until end of January. Oh yeah, knowing I always have low rating for comments, so if I don’t have six people to comment, the first 3 people will get the gifts.

Have fun and once again, thank you very much for reading and following OhdearRia, much love to you all.

PS: If you haven’t, please follow OhDearRia on facebook, link is here

Love,

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sunny day!

As you probably already know, this part of the world that I live in is having its summer season, unlike most of the rest of the world!  Yeaaahh….it’s weird I know, but I love living in this quiet little city though!

So, today is 37 C degrees…yup it’s freaking hot!  We went to the beach and took our dog too.  As cliche as it sounds, there’s a slogan saying, slip slop, and slap.  Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, and slap on a hat, to protect yourself from skin cancer.  I’d also like to add slide on your sunnies because oh dear…that bright sun of summer is really glairy on our eyes!

Wearing sunglasses is important on the hot summer day.  It protects your eyes from the sunshine,  protecting your retina from getting damaged and can help reduce the chance of cataracts.

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2016 travel in pictures

Hi everyone,

Happy new year!  How’s your NYE’s?

Twenty sixteen  has passed, now we open a new chapter of 2017.

I was intending to post this before the new year came but somehow I forgot to publish it.  So, it’s not too late I think that  I would like to share some of my travel pictures during the year of 2016. And so this is my first posting in 2017…yay for me, lol!

I am not a travel blogger, though I wish I was one.   I’d like to see the world, to experience other cultures, climates, food, tradition, and soon.

But money and time are often being my obstacles.  I wish I was filthy rich and had the amount of times to do just travelling without have to think about work and kids.  But of course I can’t.  I am a mother and I love my family.

So guys without further ado here are my 2016 travel highlights.  They may not very interested, but at least I’m grateful that I’ve been able to see a little bit of this world. Check out my You Tube channel, I posted there too.

Happy 2017 everyone!

 

 

twenty16

Hello everyone,

With 2016 having drawn itself to a quiet close in our very warm corner of the world, like many of you I couldn’t help to think that a year just went by.  This year seems so fast, in a blink of an eye it’s gone.  Don’t you feel like that too?

Another chapter of life is closed, a new beginning starts.  Twenty sixteen is a year with ups and downs, mixed feelings, and uncertainty for our family.  But above every thing else, I’m grateful and thankful that our family are blessed with good health, because that’s the most important thing in our life.

I have no resolution that are no different to those I wake up to every morning.  Let me be kind.  Let me be patience.  Let me be gracious.  Let me be humble.  Let this year be a fresh start.  Oh…actually, I have a wish for the new year, my wish is let me  learn something new and hopefully it will get me to a better place in my work, fingers cross!

Here’s to end the 2016 and cheers to 2017!   May twenty seventeen will be a better year for the rest of the world and our family.

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for being my readers and follow this blog.  I do cherish all your comments and likes.  I wish you all a gentle and peaceful 2017.  May it bring us all the simples of wishes that are dearest to our heart.

I wish you nothing but a happy and bless year!

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this mama’s life

Hey everyone,

Finally, this mama gets time to blog again!

It has been a very full on and hectic life of this mama lately.  That’s why I haven’t been able to update this blog since my last post.

My boys have finished school last week, yup it’s early, and it’s not good because I still have to work while they don’t go to school anymore.  To leave them alone at home the whole day make me feel so uneasy.  Lucky, the other day when I had to work they had sleep over at their friend’s house, so at least kept my mind in peace knowing that they were not alone the whole day at home.  I know my boys are 12 years old now, few people say it’s ok to leave them home alone, but this mama still feels not so comfortable with that.  Is it just me being an over protected mother  or if you are in the same situation like me, are you ok leaving your pre teenagers kids home alone while you are working? Please do share.

I feel like this year flies so fast, it feels like just yesterday they entered the new phase of their life, high school, and now year 7 has finished and on to year 8 next year!  Reports from school got sent home early this week and I am very very pleased with their results.  I couldn’t help but feeling so proud, happy, and made me teary eyed reading at their results.  Well, if you let me brag a bit on the results, twin 1 got almost A except B for math, bugger…otherwise he would be a straight A student :p While twin 2 also done pretty good, mostly B with little bit C scattered here and there 🙂  All the hard works, tears, late night studied, labelled me ‘monster mummy’…are paid off!

Anyhow, enough of bragging and I do apologize if you think I am showing off….which is probably I am, but as a mother, when I read the reports while I was on my 15 minutes lunch break, after standing up since 9.30 am, I couldn’t help but feeling so thankful and grateful.  As this year is the transition year for the boys from primary to high school, and it was not always smooth and easy, we got rough time, tantrums, and little bumpy road here and there but in the end we have survived!

This week is the last week of all the surf and swimming competition they had to go through.  On Saturday my little fish came 3rd at the Long Course Pentathlon 2016, it was also his last competition for 2016 before the State Championship next year.  Phewww….now we can enjoy the holiday!  I will have one more day working this week and then….I’ll be home for Christmas, yaay!  🙂

To end this post I just uploaded a new vloging on my you tube channel.  It’s my second vlog so far.  I am still not too sure about vlogging though, I find it too time consumed!  Anyway, if you follow me on my channel please subscribe, comment, and like, will ya! 🙂  Thanks in advance 🙂

Happy Sunday!

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on vlogging

Hey everyone,

Finally….I am glad enough to let you know that against all odds I made it my first (ever) Vlog, yay! After so many obstacles and discouragement from the member of my family of course, this time I finally can finish and edit it and upload to my you tube channel.

The vlog is not very long though, well for the beginner like me I think it’s ok better than nothing! 🙂

So, without further ado please check the video below or click here, watch it, like it, comment and subscribe pleaseee… I may make another one if I get some viewers tee hee 😛

PS: I do apologise for the rude finger from my very naughty son, I’m very sorry about that, I didn’t actually realized until I edited the video.

 

Happy watching, peeps!

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n a m a s t e

Hi everyone…

How’s your Saturday so far? I have to work today but don’t worry I’m not blogging from my work place 🙂  I went to my yoga class this morning at 6 am.  Now that the temperature is starting to get warm, if I could I would prefer to do my yoga in the morning, especially for Bikram.

Speaking about yoga, yoga is every where you look at the moment, from yoga pants becoming fashion to new yoga studios scattered every where.  And yoga cafe too!

I have been practising yoga since a long time ago, but becoming religiously going to class at least three times a week  just started since May this year, when I join a yoga studio near where I live.  I love my yoga practise so far.  Mind you, I used to go to the gym to do pump class and Zumba, but I didn’t go regularly.  I didn’t know why, perhaps it was just me, or I didn’t really like the club that I had joined, but I didn’t really felt ‘fit in’ in the classes that I did.  I enjoyed Zumba pretty much, but that was about it though, it’s not challenged me enough.  I found that the hours was not flexible and when I turned up five minutes before it started, I mostly didn’t get a space, didn’t get the equipments that I needed, and few people ‘booked’ or ‘marked’ a space for their friends which was annoyed me to the hell!  So, I quit my membership and choose yoga now and so far I’ve been pretty happy and content.

I know for some people yoga is not a form of physical exercise, because they said it doesn’t make them swear and more into “relaxation” exercise and meditation.  Well, I was exactly had the same opinion long time ago too.  Then I joined a small group of yoga class near my boys’ school and since then it has changed my perception about yoga.  Unfortunately my lovely and very good yoga teacher at this small yoga class moved to Trinidad 😦 But I’m lucky now that I can find a yoga studio that has amazing and helpful yoga teachers.

It may surprise you that there’s more than just stretching in yoga class.  There are a number of different styles of physical yoga, each with their own benefits and differences.  For example in Vinyasa yoga, we’ll move through postures in quick succession creating heat in the body through movement.  Vinyasa is more physically challenging form of yoga practise (core strength, high plank, etc ) and because its rapid movements and changes in stance elevate the heart rate and get the blood pumping, resulting in more calories burned, which is good :p

I normally do Vinyasa and Bikram yoga, bikram is a hot yoga style practised in a room heated to 40C.  It consists of 26 Asanas (postures) including two breathing exercises.

Anyhow, I’m happy with my yoga routine so far, the only exercise that I can commit and do pretty much REGULAR, not like before when I joined the gym, there were more days I didn’t go than I did, if you know what I mean.  And the benefits that I can feel so far, I have never got back pain any more, fingers cross!  Because in my work I am mostly standing and walking around from 9.30am til 5pm.  It improves my flexibility and postures and also reduce stress and keep me calm and stay grounded, huh!  Even my husband noticed…I’m more zen these days bahahaa…:) 🙂

pic from Pinterest

What ever exercise forms  you choose, do it properly and commit to it, then you can see the result.  And of course it’s not gonna happen in a day or so.  Every thing needs persistent and patience.  I exercise to stay healthy, get in shape and tone, if I can loose a kilo or two that’s a bonus.

Yoga, walking my dog to the river, being a driver for my kids, working part-time, and of course doing house chores, there are my exercises this day.  I’m happy and content with my life even though life is not always kind to us lately, but above every thing else I’m grateful for a good health of all of my family and I, a roof over our heads, and food on the table.

Have a great week-end everyone, and….Namaste!

note: featured image photo is from Power Living Yoga. 

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bacon and egg pie

Hello there,

This morning I was in a bit of panic mode on. Why? Because, I just realized that I didn’t have any food for my boys’ lunch boxes! I only have couple slices of multi grain bread that were not so fresh, they were ok but I’d like to make sandwich with a fresh bread. 

So, I quickly look at my recipe book. And found an old recipe that’s quick enough to whip, and I got all the ingredients required. I was so happy hehee… Before picking up one kid from swimming I made this delicious bacon and egg pie. If you don’t eat bacon, you can use chicken or any other meat that you prefer. Or no meat at all, just add veggies or frozen veggies for emergency case. This recipe is very easy and perhaps you all are already familiar but I just want to share it here.


Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

12 Bread slices, crust removed, flattened with a rolling pin

60grm melted

12 small eggs

12 Cherry tomatoes, quartered

Tasty cheese, grated

Paprika for dusting

This is how to make:

  • Pre heat oven 180c
  • Brush both sides of bread sliced with butter. Press into a 12 hole muffin pan. Bake 5 – 8 minutes to seal case and slightly colored.
  • Line bread cases with bacon. Break in an egg, too with tomatoes and sprinkling of cheese. Dust with paprika and season to taste.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until egg is cooked to your liking.


Let them cool and sprinkle with parsley leafs if you’d like. They are good for lunch box or morning snacks.

Happy baking peep!

seventeen

Thank you for loving me unconditionally, challenging me, keeping my feet on the ground, laughing with me, holding me close when I’m down and supporting me.  Thank you for putting up with my stubbornness and craziness.

Seventeen years today.  Has not always been the smoothest ride  but I’m so glad we chose to go on it together.


Here’s to another year of sharing sunsets and dreams, happy 17th anniversary…to the father of my children💋

le week-end

Hey everyone,

Yesterday I went to the beach with the father of my children and our eight years old golden retriever.  When the father of my children is in town or not working, we used to have our Friday date.  So, right after dropping the boys off at school we went straight to the beach.  We didn’t swim yesterday though, as the water was still a bit chilli for spring and hubby just got over his flu.  It’s actually hard to believe that this year the winter weather drag on a bit longer.  Well, even though it wasn’t cold cold winter temperature but still the water was icy cold.  So, only Sammy the one who swam.

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