Sunday, July 27, 2008

Groovy Gathering @ Ed's house (26-Jul-2008)

Stef from Australia came over and we had a crop cum gathering session at Ed's place. Ed's house is very country style and has a lot of vintage & antique stuff. I just can't help exploring her house for the various collections, but I din snap any photos though, will seek her permission to snap them if there's any other gathering at her place again.


Here are the good food that we have had. Food cooked by Ed, Yummy cake baked by Deedah, Ice Cream bought by Regina, and I bought the kuehs from Bengawan Solo which the kids simply love them!









Little Aneesa tried out making an ATC (Artist Trading Card) and got hooked and ended up, she did 4 ATCs! She also have fun coloring the stamped images given by Regina.





Look how cute Little Aneesa & Anis, such loving Siblings & sweetie pies.

And here are some groovie ATCs by the group of scrappers...

This is by Ed...

This is by Stef...

These are by Deedah...

This is by Regina...

This is by me... I've applied the stickles by using a safety pin as the pointed cap has went missing... that's why it took me ages to complete this ATC but I'm pretty satisfied with the end result as the stickles help to highlight the flowers....

Birthday Celebration @ 28 Jun 2008

This is a much belated post...

We had Birthday celebration for MF & a post-celebration for me as well. We first had dinner @ Jones Botak. It was a disappointing for most as portion has gone much smaller, no more free top up of fries & side order of fries @ $2.00 is miserably small portion, keke...


However, we still do enjoy the company of each other. Miss New excitedly opened up her Bday present, and tata! it is pack full of manicure tools & accessories...


Then we head for Hortpark located at Alexandra, it is a enormous gardening hub with a wide range of plants & flowers, I swear that this will be the next hot place for wedding photography other than the botanical garden! This place is damn big and it's pretty nice place for family gatherings friends gatherings. Nice environment for a picnic session. The adults will enjoy the scenery and the kids will enjoy running about this big gardening hub!







I especially love this photos, my loving friends trying to protect the candles from being blown off using their loving hands...


After this, we attempted the southern ridges, walked from Alexandra Road to to Henderson Road. We were sweating by the end of the session, it is sure a great work out!

The bridge along Alexandra Road, not far from Hotpark, is also known as Alexandra Arch bridge.  It changes colors from time to time during the night.

Lilian & chen chen lying at the platform along the Henderson Waves Bridge. The reason why it's call Henderson Waves, it believe is due to shape of the shelter in the curves of waves. There are platform for people to lie down for stars viewing. This gonna be a hot spot for the couples.
We rounded up the session with supper @ McDonald's, and finally all are home sweet home and sound asleep... zzZz...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

真实的我?

我不是美人胚又或是性感小猫咪;因此我很少在部落格里贴上个人照片。如果在部落格里找着我的脸;那因该是在人群中。在此与大家分享我的两张自拍照,是我个人很满意的照片,因当中呈现出我最真实的一面。。。





忧郁的神情,凌乱的头发,思绪混乱;这,就是我!有时,我真怀疑自己是林黛玉转世,自幼便体弱多病,绝对的多愁善感; 维一不符合的是--我不是美女!

如果我是现代诗人;我或许会郁郁而终,因太多的情感埋葬心底只能抒发于字里行间,而无法说出口。。。如果我是画家;我有绝对艺术家的脾气,阴晴不定,令人难以捉摸。。。如果我是歌手;我拿手的绝对是悲伤的情歌,像是在述说着我的情怀。。。虽然,你偶尔会看到我相反的一面;但那是因为我拥有双重性格,像一片云,飘浮不定。。。所以,不要以为你很了解我;或许你永远都不会懂得,那个最真实的我!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Half Year Review...

In the corporate life, it's common to have half yearly review on your work performance. To speak frankly, I simply hate to do such review. It's not about resistance towards criticism / feedback but most often, most comments do not come from the heart. The thought of having to face such hypocrisy with a smile is something that I dislike.

Having said this, a question suddenly comes to my mind. In the corporate life, we ofen need to review our work performance, if not half yearly, at least once a year. However, how often do we review our life / goals / resolutions?

Frankly speaking, the answer for me, is almost NEVER! I would say that I do have have reflections at times, but serious review is probably a never in the past. Today, I think it would be nice to do some reviews on my resolution to see how far have I gone...


1. To have a total makeover... (this is not so much on my physical appearance, but rather on
other aspects)
- To have a new haircut to start afresh. -- half done. Rebonding my hair, but I think I need a new hair cut!- To improve on my EQ (in terms of better control in my temper, emotions). -- half done, I feel it's better, but there's still room for improvement- To stay as positive as possible and learn to be more optimistic. -- reading & believing in the law of attractions do help me to stay more positive but am I more optimistic? I guess not...
2. To read at least one book every 1-2 months. -- half done coz I read one books everything 2-3 months. If include educational magazine like reader's digest, I think yes, I did it!3. To attend more scrapbooking classes and crop sessions to improve on my scrapbooking skills
and techniques. -- Yes! Attended classes at Laines, monthly crop at Changi Simei CC, participated in challenges & swap!
4. To spend more time with my family. -- Hmm... how to say le? I'm do stay at home most often but I guess I need to spend more time interracting & bonding with my family members.5. To excercise more and make it an effort to go to California Fitness twice a mth utilising my
UOB Lady's Card previliges, burning off fats, stay healthier & more agile. MF, don't forget
to ask me along when you go to California Fitness!!! -- Failed! Have not been working out in the gym, although I do make an effort to walk home from the interchange at times but not often enough.6. Cutting down on snacks & chips!!! -- I would still consider this as failed. coz although I do cut down on the frequency but sometimes when the crave comes, it just go beyond control!!!7. Polish up on my photography skills. -- I do snap pretty many photos, not sure if I've improved much but was glad that a restuarant manager asked for a copy of the photos that I snapped from the food they served.
8. To stay focus on one thing at a time, rather than many things at a time... -- Still a long way to go! Stay FOCUSed!!! This is something I really need to work on

Ok, having done the review, I have clearly see which area I need to work on. Friends. pls help me along the way to stay focus and keep going to work on these resolutions. Pls feel free to droip a comment to suggest / feedback what I need to improve on and how can I improve. Thanks a million!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

如果少了那個人...

作者:劉墉

小時候,夏天的傍晚,母親常會做花椒油。先把麻油燒熱了,再撒下一把花椒,拿鍋鏟用力壓,劈劈啪啪地發出一種特殊的香味。聞到那香味,我就知道,爸爸要下 班了。「醋溜冬瓜」是爸爸最愛吃的,清清淡淡的冬瓜湯,浮著一片花椒油,據說有消暑的功用。一直到現在,我都能記得,淡黃色花椒油,在燈光下反射出的圖 案。還有那黑色的花椒,不小心咬到時辣辣的味道。從父親在我九歲那年過世,不知為什麼,母親就再也不做「醋溜冬瓜」。只是,每到夏天的傍晚,我總想起那道菜,想了三十多年,有一天,我忍不住地問她:「做一碗醋溜冬瓜好不好?」八十七歲的老母一征:「什麼醋溜冬瓜?」「這是以前爸爸活著的時候,妳常做的那種湯啊!」「那有什麼好吃?」她把臉轉過去:「早忘了!」

多年前,住在灣邊的時候,屋後是樹林,林間有一條小徑。一對鄰居老夫婦,常在其中散步。「別往樹林裡扔東西,小心打到老人家!」我總是叮囑兒子。因為很少 有人去林子,兒子常拿樹幹當目標,往裡面擲石子。「現在不會打到!」兒子照扔不誤,還不服氣地說:「誰不知道他們五點才出來!」秋天的黃昏看他們特別美,尤其是下雨的日子,樹幹都濕透了,成為黑黑的一根根,黃葉淋了雨,就愈黃得發艷了。兩位老人家緩緩走過,一雙傴僂的身軀,兩團銀 白的頭髮,還有那支花傘,給我一種好特殊的感動。有一天,半夜聽到救護車響,兩位老人就只剩下老太太了。老太太還是自己開車出去買菜,呼朋喚友地開派對。 只是,總見她在門前走來走去,卻再也見不到她在樹林裡散步。有一天,我問她:「好久不見妳到後面散步了!」「散步?」她搖搖頭:「沒意思!」

自妻退休,就常在書房陪我。我寫文章的時候,不能說話,她只好默默地整理帳單、資料。怕她無聊,上次離家前,我特別拿了一本《鴻,三代中國的女人》,交給 她:「這本書寫得不錯,我走了,可以看看。」她居然接過書,就開始讀。我離家前不過兩天,她一邊陪我,一邊看,居然已經看了三分之一,還發表評論,說: 「寫得很冷,但是感人,非常好看。」兩個月之後,我回到紐約,走進書房,看到那本書。「覺得怎麼樣?」我問她。「噢!還沒看完。」「看了多少?」我翻了翻,翻到一個摺角。「就看到那兒,大概三分之一吧!」她抬起頭:「不陪你,書有什麼好看呢?」

一碗可口的醋溜冬瓜、一條幽幽的小徑、一幅美麗的圖畫、一本好看的書,如果沒有了那個人,就不再可口、不再可走、不再美麗、不再好看!當習慣了兩個人一起 吃飯,習慣了兩個人一起看書,習慣了兩個人一起回家,習慣了兩個人一起發呆,習慣了兩個人一起喝咖啡,習慣了兩個人一起...開始一個人,很多快樂都 不再了。請珍惜你身邊所有,把握任何一個美麗的機會,失去了就不再了!

請珍惜你身邊所有一切,切莫待失去以后才后悔,那或许已为时太晚... 遗憾,一辈子也无法弥补!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Lazy / Cozy Afternoon

What better way to spend a lazy afternoon?
A cuppa of Hazelnut Latte with a good book & great music...

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Inspirations...

I have always been a great fan to Natalia B, her scrapbooking / art works / photography / blog has greatly inspired me... She is such talented scrapper, in fact, I call her, a natural born artist. Her style of scrapbooking is so indifferent & original. Her photography, & the philosophies / stories that she shared in her blog just make her so special & so unique...

From her blog, I also chance upon her sister's blog -- Notebookdoodles, she's is also very talented artist and work as a graphic designer, chance upon a nos. of her watercolor sketches which are really nice...

Do check out their blogs... you will definitely get inspired in one way or another...

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