Meditate in quiet serenity

Monday, May 17, 2010

It's not that I possess abundant energy at this unearthly hour, but I'm just trying to catch up more on writing. Am pretty convinced that writing is surreal. Surreal was what's on my mind last wkend. Ever since the death of my beautiful goldfish, sweetie took away the pond and we now have an empty corner in the balcony. It's a great corner where I envision sweetie and me sipping a cup of cuppa after we rise lazily from the pile of warm blankets on a Sunday morning. He shares similar view. Imagine the euphoria that will seep through the veins and spread throughout my body. Ok, exaggeration. Was ploughing through websites and look what I found:

This would sit nicely in the corner.

My favourite! An indescribable feeling engulfed me as I saw this beauty! If only the balcony's big enough! Sweetie is debating that we should place two chairs and a small coffee table. In the balcony, facing the main door? I don't think so! It's probably more visually soothing to have one or none. Afterall, i don't wish for that area to be to clouded. So I experimented with another thought -- Water feature. A fengshui master once told us that we were strong "WOODS" and needed water, thus a water feature is certainly ideal. The Nature Co as recommended on Renotalk. Brought sweetie there last Sunday morning. It's always such a great feeling to achieve much on a Sunday morning. And to venture to such a serene spot in Singapore, that's really something. Imagine creating an urban sanctuary right in your house! Tranquility! We couldn't decide on which to get though. Need more thoughts on how to make that little corner into the absolute favourite spot! Any suggestions? :)

Weddings, Weddings, more weddings!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I'm back! From Angsty to Jubilant. There are many things one can try to control in one's life. Unfortunately time is what really controls your choices and decisions. I've set my target to blog about several stuff, but somehow, time's not cooperating. WEll I think I need to stop begrudging and move on. Look at those working moms who blog! If they can do it, I can too! Just need more discipline.

First up, last week....or perhaps weeks ago..hmm...seems so far away now that we are progressing into mid-May. It's the season to get married. Countless weddings had been happening over a span of 3 weeks:

Wedding number 1: It's be so long, I can't remember when!
The lovely Couple: J & R
Venue: OOSH @ Dempsey

First up, yet another blissful match made in CCHS. Well, it didn't all start there, but their paths sure crossed when they met in school. I think CCHS teachers wouldn't be too proud, coz we were probably oogling at boys/ girls, rather than studying! Just look at the number of CCHS couples getting hitched! Sorry for the lack of photos (who am I apologising to? Sheez)...Silly me, did not charge up my camera and ended up with very few nice pics to show. All these little nitty gritties I feel are a deliberate ploy to spite me! Anyway, back to the topic. The wedding was held at OOSH @ Dempsey. Nice place but somehow I got the feeling that staff there weren't well acquainted with weddings. The chair I was sitting on was apparently falling apart. literally as the nails were coming out! How dangerous is that! Then, friend G's glass had some debris in his cup of 7up. It looked like mould, probably because they hardly have such a big event, thus their cups had all turned mouldy. We highlighted the problem to the manager in charge who had the audacity to ask: What's wrong? My goodness! What's wrong? Open your eyes dude! Story cut short, the glass was changed but 7up was not given, instead, plain water was replaced. Food was was Bland too. Nothing fantastic, in fact, the fish I was having was a tad too hard, not to mention cold. It was perhaps overwhelming for the restaurant to serve up so many dishes all at once. Ambiance wise, thankfully for the cool albeit rainy weather, sitting under a marquee was quite a nice experience. Overall, I wouldn't recommend the place for such an important day of your lifetime.
Wedding number 2. Date: 8 May.
The lovely couple: B & J
Venue: Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore

Almost forgotten that I had a wedding to attend. Can't blame as there was a flurry of activities within the week. It clashed with the day I was supposed to join sweetie and colleagues to Malacca. THe choice was tough. The decision -- Friends were more important! Malacca can wait! Went to Spa Scene @ Raffles City for a quick Haircut. My regular stylist is in the States for upgrading else I'd certainly wouldn't want any strange hands touching my gorgeous locks (ok, not very gorgeous and they aren't exactly locks! haha) Recommended by a friend, the place is filled with Korean stylist. I requested for a local as I didn't want any miscommunication. Was served by a flamboyant little guy ala David Gan. He really had an uncanny resemblance to the "God" of hairstyling! The experience there was pretty nice. Starting off with a great relaxing massage whilst having my hair washed. Trouble arose later when another customer was pissed with this Korean stylist for not being able to deliver the service on time. Hmm...happens so very often I guess. The stylist very patiently tried to explain what he was doing but to no avail. The lady was simply raging, with nostrils flaring wide! Ended off with my stylist going forward to blow dry her hair and save the day.

Ops...sidetracking! Terrible habit of mine. Thereafter the haircut (which I was pleasantly pleased), I headed home, rested a bit, did DIY manicure and headed to Pan Pac. The wait for a carpark lot was horrendous. It's always a nightmare to be attending a wedding in the Marina area. Parking is such a killer! After an arduous 20mins, I found myself a lot. A legal one no less :)
The bride was standing by the door, waitin for her march in, by the time i arrived! PHEW. The gastronomic culture was excellent. Pan pac sure live up to their name. Service wise-- no screw ups :) I just somehow didn't like the low ceiling...sigh..miss the Oriental. Wonderful memories.

Wedding/ Solemnisation number 3: 16 May 2010
The lovely Couple: S & A
Venue: Shin Yeh restaurant @ Liang Court

Probably due to inexperience, the groom was all over the place, trying to coordinate his big day. The JP was talking to himself most of the time. I could barely hear though I was seated on the front row. THe mic was faulty and all I heard was "I Do", "I will". Then again, the vows were all said by the JP. I only managed to hear S reciting a mono sentence as a vow. His bride didn't say anything! JP didn't even say "U may kiss the bride!" Guess he is Mr Conservative. I'm usually very touched during the exchange of vows, but somehow, this one irked me. THe moment wasn't all that special anymore. Perhaps to the couple it still is.

The couple had interesting wedding favours -- Polaroid album. Only problem, none of us had the polaroid camera! Fortunately, the meticulous couple brought along two, with ample film. We were all desperately trying to take pictures with one another in order to fill up the album. However, there's more than 10 pages to fill!

My Favourite shot with sweetie! Love it to the max, albeit my fat arms!Guests were all dressed in vibrant colours!
Food wise: Healthy choice. In fact, too healthy for some people's palate. Heaps of vegetables as this restaurant's inspiration is somewhat from Taiwan. By the time we hit the 3-4th dish, most of us were full. Loved the dessert though-- Bobo Cha cha with red beans. There was also muar chee (sticky glutinous rice balls with crushed peanuts).

At this junction, I'm immensely tired from posting and putting the photos together! It's been almost an hour! Wonder if all bloggers have that problem. I will push on (probably tonight or another day), to complete other posts that are outstanding.

Ideas are everywhere. They are a dime a dozen. Passion is good but at the end of the day, it's the sheer work that matters.

Upset & angsty

Monday, May 10, 2010

I meant to blog about couple of happy events which happened, but u had to come along and spoil my mood. Give me some recognition. I did a lot too. Monetary or menial, you are always demeaning my efforts. I pale in comparison next to your big ego. Where's the love? Where's the appreciation/ compassion and romance? Perhaps there was none to begin with. There's mother's day, so shouldn't there be a wife's day? Am just glad I'm going away. Had enough of this nonsense. I need a break.



Sunday, May 9, 2010

happy mother's day

Brevity -- The soul of wit

Friday, May 7, 2010

There have been heaps to do and somehow, call it sure habitual coincidence, but I always end up giving the excuse "Time not enough". As if the situation was not bad enough, draft 1 of this post was strangely deleted halfway! Imagine the infuriation! Thanks technology!

Was sitting down the other day, accessing 2010 thus far. Nothing achieved thus yet. As such, I thought I'd better embark on something, instead of admonishing myself. Something BIG would be nice and I've came up with the perfect project --- READ. We all know the mantra and we all know what to do, but life and work do overcome us and we leave the books aside for yet another day. You are not alone. However, I do have a problem. It isn't that I'm illiterate or that I hate words (otherwise I wouldn't be blogging now)'s that I've got an illness -- I fall asleep after 3-5 pages, no matter how good the read is. Newspapers, Magazines, let alone novels....if I can pass chapter one, it's a miracle. It's even a wonder how I ever plough through those thick textbooks once upon a time? Need to find a cure for this affliction, so I have picked up a book couple of weeks back. It's a book that's definitely not everyone's cup of tea. It's a different type of novel to read, so different that it sends me into a whole different dimension. Ok, exaggeration. It's redefining the genre of friction in this case. It's actually familiar grounds, but somehow, the knowledge has been covered by inches of dust. So wish me luck!! Will check back on a month or so. Yes I'm slow! Do you have a problem?

My other life.......

I've been trying to treat myself better, by cooking healthy luncheons for myself . The gastric seems better and the bloatedness is subsiding. THe cause could really be the oily food sold at kopitiams! Oh no! Allergic to chicken rice? That's soooo sad! However, for the sake of my tummy, I really need to take care, afterall, I'm all alone in this game. No one will look after you when you are sick, so one must always take good care of oneself. I feel so vulnerable these days coz several students are ill. Exposed daily to potent germs, I can't help but feel weak. Was attacked by the monthly migraine just yesterday...sigh. ..Must start boiling more chrysanthemum, barley and my latest fav -- Apple water with sweet almonds and honey dates. It's supposedly good for complexion and coughs! Cheap and tastes real good!

I meant to post this on Monday, but somehow the chore of connecting the camera to my mac is excruciating. Smart photo of my boys. They were choosing the colour of their jerseys for their weekly soccer game. A funny conversation to share:

ME: Take picture take picture...fall in fall in
(everyone gets posey)
C: Ehh, why all of you tuck in your shirts...wait wait..i also wanna tuck!
G: NO need la...don't tuck better, show your red shorts, so unglam. don't match
C: ok la ok la, eh J, take half body...don't take red shorts ah..
ME: okok, hurry up hurry up
C: ehhh wait wait...wahh, must stand properly (puts hands on hips)

ok, you may not find it funny, but it was pretty hilarious to me!
Apart from having a new outrageously orange goalkeeper jersey, hubs was presented with pink gloves! OMG..PINK..what a colour! Imagine: your opponent comes near, sees your inner cream palm, gets ready to shoot...n SUDDENLY, you flip it over and reveal Mr Pink Panther! Will that cause a penalty? haha

CCHS Ah beng....our disciplinary mistress Mrs Lau would hit the roof! This, by the way, is going to be our outfit for 23rd May. Back to school!

A quick update on home sweet home. It's been 4 years of occupancy and my dear home is falling apart literally. 1) Fan spoil (first fan collapsed in the middle of the night; 2nd fan switches off automatically after 15secs) 2) Switch broke. Two to be exact. Had to change the whole panel as the colour of the new switch didn't match. Apparently the old one wasn't as white as we thought. Love the new switch though, so silent! 3) Soap pump rusty..ok this isn't exactly falling apart, just wanted to change coz we saw this beautiful stone soap pump from Howard storage. Love the things there, but they are mildly overpriced.

The weekend is drawing near, but it's gonna be a real busy one. Heaps of wedding invitations this month (one to attend tmw!), exams and a major trip which I am absolutely looking forward. For now, I can't wait for tmr to come..have made appointment to do my hair at Spa Scene. Heard that majority of the stylists are Koreans! Even the receptionist is Korean. Hopefully things will turn out good. hmm...strangely, shouldn't I be looking at a Japanese salon rather than Korean?


We all need something to galvanize us into action and sometimes our lethargy arises from uncertainty over what we should do!