June. Can't believe half of the year is almost gone. It just seems like yesterday we celebrated the new year. So far, it's been a mixed year for me. There are good memories, but there are bad and unforgettable ones as well. As for the latter, I'm going to grit my teeth and tell myself to move on, despite it is so hard at times, but I'm glad I have a supportive/encouraging husband whom I can lean on any time.
So, June also means school holidays over here in Singapore. Primary schools here have a month long holidays in June and December. I'm sure most working mothers are happy to take some days off in these two months to spend some time with their children, but for stay-at-home mothers (like myself) these months seem like any month to us (well, since we are with our children all the time.) And these two months are a headache to me as I rarely get any peace at home with my two girls around. Well, they aren't that terrible, in case you are wondering, but they can be so noisy at times and of course, there are always little petty squabbles around. A few stay-at-home mothers I knew share the same sentiments so I know I'm not the odd one who doesn't really embrace June and December, ha.
That said, school holidays also mean trips for our family so on 2nd June we went to Hello Kitty Town located in Puteri Harbour, Malaysia. We bought a package with round-way coach transport with admission tickets so getting there was a breeze. The only down side was the rainy weather on our way back (fortunately it didn't spoil our fun.) Hello Kitty Town is a small indoor kind-of park so it didn't take us too long to complete the tour.
It has seven fun stations with activities such as cookie decorating, badge making, photo taking with Hello Kitty and friends, solving a puzzle in a maze-like dimmed place in "Hello Kitty Black Wonder" where in the end each participant will get a certificate upon successful completion. It was loads of fun and I wish the place were bigger and that it's outdoor. However the fun didn't stop there, we are planning for another trip to somewhere else so we shall see.
Well, June also means my reading progress will be slow but I will try to catch up on it whenever I can. Here's a list of what I'd read for the past five months:
- Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik
- The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
- Half a Lifelong Romance by Eileen Chang
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library by Eth Clifford
- The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford
- Love and Miss Communication by Elyssa Friedland
- A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes
- Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes
- Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
- The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister
- The Man from Berlin by Luke McCallin
- Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
- Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon
- One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis
- The Daughter by Jane Shemilt
- The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
- How to Live Forever by Colin Thompson
- The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
- Countdown City by Ben H. Winters
- World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters
- Diamond Head by Cecily Wong