Finding Balance

I’m a freelance writer, novelist, and a working mother. Instead of going to office for a 9-5 job like everyone else, my work is pretty flexible and I get to stay at home while doing my work. Contrary to popular beliefs that stay at home mums or working at home mums have it easy, being a working at home mother is not a walk in the park. Okay, maybe it’s a walk in a park, but not without a dinosaur or two in it. 😛

It’s really not easy being a work at home mum. Being someone who loves to be outdoors more than indoors, I find that being cooped up at home most of the time is really torturous, especially when you have to be with your kid almost 24/7. You don’t exactly have a ME time at all and if you even have a 2 hours breather every day to do whatever things that your like just for yourself instead of your kids or the rest of your family is a gift from heaven!

My typical day usually consists of waking up, make breakfast for the kid, send the kid to school and while he’s at school, work on my writing projects while nibbling on snacks, pick him up from school, rush home to cook dinner if I decided not to eat out, make the boy do his homework, kick him to bed, get some minor housework chores done, turn on the laptop, start writing for my blog, finish up all of the remaining work for the day, get some chapters done for my novels and do some reading before finally going to bed and start the whole routine all over the next day without help whatsoever from anyone else.

Sure, the perks of working from home is flexibility and I get to go anywhere I like anytime I want, but frankly speaking, I don’t have much leisurely time for myself, and I do get sick of eating my own cooking every now and then.

Don’t get me wrong. I love cooking, but it is too much at times and cooking just me and the boy is not really worth the energy. I usually spent more time cooking than to eat, imagine that! Things can be overwhelming at times and eating out is much more preferable than cooking as there’s no cleaning up involved after that.

But lucky me, when things are too much to handle and I want something different from something I churn from my kitchen or eating out in a lousy, crowded restaurant with crappy service, there’s always Foodpanda.

Foodpanda is an online food delivery website in Malaysia. It now offers diners more variety with 100 food joints in its website since its recent debut on 26th March 2012.Customers are spoilt for choices as the website now provides pickings which include cuisines such as Chinese, Indian/Punjabi, Thai, Malay, Korean, Japanese, Middle Eastern fare and more.

Ordering with Foodpanda is easy. All you need to do is just head over to their website, enter your area in the selected box, select the restaurant that you want to buy your food from and the Panda will have his crew deliver your food to you in a jiffy and you pay for the goods upon delivery. Basically speaking, you can order directly from your laptop or mobile. You don’t even have to call up to place an order. Cool, isn’t it?

I’m not sure what you think of it, but I certainly thinks that Foodpanda is not only cool, but my saviour when I’m desperately in need of some balance in life; where I get to put my feet up and tuck into the delicious food instead of working in the kitchen, and if you feel that your life is out of balance too and need to indulge in some good food without cooking or stepping out of your home, be sure to check out Foodpanda. Cooking for the family is great, and more often than not, I prefer to cook than eating out than order takeouts, considering that I’m one fuss pot and not all food from outside agrees with me but I think you get what I’m trying to convey.

It is good to take a break from the kitchen once in awhile to ‘recharge’ your cooking batteries. 😀 It is important that you find balance and get a break every now and then. You are a human after all, and loving yourselves a little bit more does not mean you love your loved ones less.


Cleffairy: Ladies, get some ME time before things drives you crazy!



  1. suituapui says:

    Time management…but of course, sometimes, unexpected things do show up and disrupt the plans of even the most organised individual. That’s life…just have to learn to live with it.

  2. Vonvon says:

    I can relate to that. Cooking every day and at least 2 meals a day for my family, really drives me mad sometimes.

    And I have to agree with your last comment that it’s hard to enjoy being a mummy 24/7 as much as I love my daughter to bits! Good thing she is older now, goes to school and after school, she usually plays with her friends till dinner time.

    • Cleffairy says:

      Unfortunately, not everyone can understand that, Vonvon. I mean, alot of people wondered how hard it is to be a mum? You just stay home and look after the kids. But geez…cut us some slack, eh? we’re human and we need some ME time. If the men can have it, why can’t we?

  3. Vonvon says:

    You are quick to reply.

    Being a solely stay-at-home mum is hard enough. Let alone a working-from-home mum is doubly hard. It’s not like when you work from home, you don’t have to do the duties of a SAHM.

    Yea, those gentlemen, they have their boys’ drinking night, playstation night, etc etc…. Tell me about it… 😉

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