Thursday, 25 April 2013

My favourite time

Been working long hours lately and there was certainly no me time. Not to mention writing anything on this blog at all.

However, something has never change no matter how late I work nor how tired I am.

Whenever I am home, my two beloved would surround me with their unending chats. The gossips in school, their likes and dislikes. The latest things on the net, new discovery of an artist that is worth looking out for. Sometimes, they were not even talking to me but among themselves. I am contented just by lying down on the couch listening to them.

My pride and joy. They gave me love, meaning to work hard and strength to go on when the road is tough. They pain my heart sometimes and drive me to the wall. But they are still my beloved. I never have any doubt about it and never will.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

More tissue box

New designs for my tissue box. Do you like it? I don't know why I do so many. But when I see the right paper, inspiration came and viola!!

Friday, 22 February 2013

My Shoes and me

I love shoes.

Who wouldn't? When I was in my mid-twenties, I loved buying Ferragamo. Ferragamo patent pumps in different colours were my pride and joy. I would spend my weekend polishing and loving them. As number one come along, four inches heels are lowered to two inches. By the time number came, two inches turn into flats and finly evolved into crocs.

I don't know when would I ever get a chance to wear fancy shoes again as practicality overpower vanity. This is life for me now. But who is stopping me from drooling and hankering them secretly on my heart?

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Midweek Inspiration

Workload is picking up, people is bringing you down.  This is reality but I have to live with it.  I am not complaining, I rather embrace it and full use of what we have.

I like to encourage myself and you, if you are reading this. Smile, you know you are special and a limited edition.  Happy weekday!

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Tissue Box by Alicia

I had a flu in mid-Jan on my birthday.  The flu was was so bad that it lasted for weeks and after that my body went into a stage of strange starvation.  It is as if has an unlimited desire for food and the hunger pangs came without  warning, if I did not eat in time, body turn cold and shivery.  This went on for quite a few weeks and thank God I managed recover completely before Chinese New Year.

During the time I was sick, I used a lot of tissue paper and realized that I hate the normal commercial box packaging that came with it.  On the other hand, if I were to buy those with plastic packaging, the plastic wrapping gets out of shape as the tissue papers were drawn out piece by piece.

I started to wonder if there is a solution for it. A reusable tissue box that is pleasing to the eyes and a decorative item in the room.  I made the first prototype during my Chinese New Year holidays.  It was horrendous.

Then the second prototype -

I put it up on FB and the respond was overwhelming.  I was encouraged and made this latest version.  How does this look?  The third prototype, give me your comments.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

What I need to do in 2013

Source: Lotte Duty Free

Finally, it is here.  We have been talking about it, looking forward and yet afraid that it comes too soon.

2013 is here and it is here to stay.  I better make good use of it or I can call it another wasted year. I don't want to call it a new year resolution, as it will never work for me.  But I do have plans for 2013.  I will list it down now and check them at the end of this year.

1. Lose weight - I need to for whatever reason: health, beauty, self-esteem; it is a must.  No more procrastination. Any one with good advice or want to be my brisk walking mate, you are welcome.  I will be more practical and set small goals and each goal achieved will have a small prize ( not food, lol).  But the ultimate is this-Tiffany Yours in sterling it silver.  Not that I cannot afford the ring now, but I want to buy only when I have achieved the ideal weight so that I can have a smaller ring size.  If I were to have it now, the ring will not fit me if I lost the excess pounds right?
Source: Tiffany Yours
2. Have more of me time, some quiet moment to reflect everyday. What I want to do and what I need to do.  Writing  blog is a way to look at things in my own way and voicing what I need to say and recording my thoughts such as this.

3. Be more organized.  I am already being known to be a very organized person but there are so many things going on in my life and I feel that I need to be even more organized than this.  Am I a control freak?  I don't know.  But I feel the need to, at least for 2013.

4. Get the living room done up.  I have moved in for half a year now but I am still quite undecided about how the hall should be done up.  I just painted the wall few weeks back in Ash Grey and it turned out fine for me.  I think I am still on the right track.

5. Going to Bangkok with my daughter - This is my promise to her and I will keep it.

6. Attend CRI or Lounge H - I am speaking alien now and only eels will understand.  Sorry.

7. Be debt free - this is important to me.  As a single parent, the lesser liabilities the better.

8. Spend more time with mum and dad.  No matter what happened, I will not live to regret if I have done enough.  What is enough?  I don't know.  I guess as long as I am happy and contented, that is enough.

I think the list is long enough, we will come back and check at the end of the year.


Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 - 2013

The clock is ticking and in the next few minutes it is going to be 2013.

Time flies in 2012 and it is not an understatement.  Apart from the major increment in workload (but not salary, unfortunately), I have to deal with my son's O level*1 and my daughter's PSLE*2.  Maybe God think that I can be pushed further, my house was ready and I need to deal with renovation and house moving (honestly, I have moved for half a year and I did unpack all the stuff from the box but I did not pack them all properly, all hidden in some secret unknown closet).

I have much more house chores to do because of my new independent flat and since my prince and princess had major exams (which is also major milestone in their lives), they had immunity to house chores for a long long time.  I slogged day and night not knowing how did I manage but somehow I did.  Reported police five times about various issues in my neighbourhood (yes mister, it was me that called the police while you were beating up your wife), wrote to MP to complain countless times (yes, it's me again complaining about the family of 25 and yet they could still perform live jamming in the house preparing for the next Sngapore X factor) and I am sure I have my photo displayed in Town Council and HDB branch office*3.


It is time to give myself a pat on the shoulder and a cake to celebrate my good year.  Apart from all completing the "must do" list, I somehow have managed to get to the "nice to have" list.

I managed to watch quite a bit of Korean dramas (miraculously), found my new love; passed the fan test (seriously, there was one and I was surprised) and I entered the fan club successfully.  I have been swimming in the pond for the last two months!  Isn't it amazing?

In here, I have met with wonderful people that did things beyond my imgination.  What the heck?  I have slogged for the last ten years, I should enjoy and go wild with them.  No, no, dont get me wrong, it is not the wild that you are thinking of.  But I have joined their project in raising fund for the International Herald Tribune, did the video, chat a lot online and have some split personalities fun.

Having realised that I have missed out so much and fearful of not able to remember enough I decided to start this blog and trying to pick up all my old interest, not forgeting the new ones too.

Then there is Pinterest which I have just picked up these few days.  I am going crazy crazy crazy.  Life is beginning to look very interesting for me and I am looking forward to 2013.

My daughter's examination result is out and she has done me proud.  My son's result will be out in January and I am sure he is going to be ok.  I am proud of them cos they never had a proper place to study, not even a study table.  Don't get me wrong, I can afford a table but I couldn't get a house to house the table.  For the last few years, we lived like the Hong Kong Cage people, eat, read, write, work on our bed.  They did not have the basic study condition that most of the children had but they excel above avaerage.  What more could I ask from them?

Enough of bragging and it is time to count my blessings, I did have my three wishes fulfilled this year and this calls for celebration too.

Yesterday, I presented another three wishes in church for corporal anointing :) and I know that God will not fail me.  I am looking forward to more good things in life, happiness, love, peace and joy. 

Thank you for standing by me my friends when I am such a pain.  Thank you my boss (he won't read my blog :P cos he does not know it exist) for believing in me.  Thank you my children for being lovable and good.  Thank you eels for being eels and peels, loving me for who I am (you know who you are).  Thank you policemen and MPs (Ms. Grace Fu and Er. Dr. Lee Bee Wah) for taking time to listen to me.  Thank you mummy for loving me.  Thank you bro. for doting on me. Thank you God for embracing me.

I am looking forward to 2013! Jyo, zikzin!  Happy New Year!

 *1 - O Level examination by Cambridge University
*2 - Primary (Elelmentary) school leaving examination
*3 - Local area office operate by government to serve the community