Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Favourite Dress

I was just browsing or blog-walking when I came across paperdoll... They have very sweet dresses for girls just like me. And they were running April Giveaway which ended yesterday! Worry not, I have sent in my submission. So now, fingers crossed hard!

And here is the poem of my favourite dress.

Do you know that I have always been dreaming...
about this black ribbon waisted, white posh dress?
The one I'd be wearing on the day of my wedding
as I style up with pearls that would surely impress.

My favourite dress makes me stand out among all
Confessing my endless love for my dear beloved
and my vow to weather through the sun and rainfall,
As we stay youthful and timeless just like this starlet.

Come to think of it, with notable design degrees maybe I can make this wedding dress a dream come true. Well, just a thought =)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How To Reach Success?

Why do so many people read success and then fail?

One of the big reasons is we think success is a one-way street, so we do everything that leads up to success but when we get there - we figured we've made it, we sit back in our comfort zone, and we actually stop doing everything that made us successful. And it doesn't take long to go down hill. 

And reaching success, I always deal with what I love. I had fun. I worked hard and push myself... and to cut the long story short - I will continue to do all the things that took me up to success and follow these 8 principles.

1. Passion   2. Work    3. Focus   4. Push    5. Ideas   6. Improve   7. Serve   8. Persist

I learnt that success isn't a one way street. It doesn't look like a ladder, but it really look like a ferris wheel. It's a continuous journey that goes round and round. And if we want to avoid the success-to-failure syndrome, we just keep following these 8 principles. Because that's not only how we achieve success, it's how we sustain it.

Happy reaching success!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

OMG! What's Up With Pepper?

If you ever have a male dog, you would have been introduced to the strange world of dogs humping each other or stuffed animals or pillows or bed or even people! Sometimes, it is funny... but sometimes, it is really annoying when you just want to relax or embarrassing when you have guests.

I understand and I can accept a male dog engaging in the humping business, but I questioned when Pepper does the same thing in the same exact way. It may sound strange and it definitely looks weird. Especially today, she followed me to work and every 30-60 minutes she starts humping my leg; when I put her on my seat, she humps my back; and when I carried her on my lap, she humps my arm.

So this begins my search for answers... online.

Many sites noted that it is a way dogs show dominance.  Pets Alley mentioned that "there is evidence that some female dogs exhibit male characteristics, such as marking and mounting, which is believed to be associated with higher levels of testosterone." -This explains her bold behaviour when facing larger or fiercer dogs. I always call Pepper tai kar cheh.

"Researchers are tossing the whole dominance theory and rank reduction stuff to the wind. The most recent thought is that humping is simply a social behavior/motor pattern that dogs have. All it means is that the dog is excited or in an aroused state (they are hyper). Females do it too. Dogs do not understand rank because they do not relate to the experiences of others. They are self aware but not other aware. They cannot understand you lose, I win. All they relate to is the present (this feels good) and the past (this was reinforcing and felt good before)." -Oh well, we have to train her so that she knows who's in control. Otherwise she'll boss around the house.

On a blog, a qualified Veterinary Surgeon commented that "it is most likely the dog is trying to show its dominance over whatever he or she is humping or they are anxious about something. Often you will see if you have moved home recently or had a big change in your life or even just moved furniture your dog likes, dogs will tend to hump." -I realised Pepper didn't hump at all in the previous home, she started humping after we moved to the new home. So maybe... and it also reaffirms that we must stop her or distract her when she humps. 

Be a good girl now, Pepper. We love you.

Pepper's outing basket 

Pepper @ work

Pepper waiting for me @ the pantry door

Monday, April 25, 2011

Have You Ever Felt Like This?

Have you ever felt like you're the only one in it?

You prepare and plan, excitedly crossing your fingers that everything will turn out great. And in the end of the day, it seems you're the only one who wants to celebrate.

Nobody seems interested. Nobody seems to care. Nothing was prepared for you and nothing was planned for you.

You are celebrating on your own. Like it is your birthday party: you got the cake, prepared the food and on your invitation card, it said 6.00pm till late. Only 1 person turned up, without a gift (you gave out the exclusively made party pack anyways), enjoyed the cake, finished the food and had to leave in less than 2 hours.

How great is that, huh?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Silver Memories Lined With Gold

A poem specially written and dedicated Good News Christian Fellowship's 19th Anniversary, as we rejoice in celebration of faithfulness.

Let us come together and celebrate with a feast,
Young and old, from the greatest to the very least;
A time to rejoice in praises and revel in His glory,
for our church was born with the Fivefold Ministry.

May God bless every hand who planted the seed,
and those with big hearts who gave to every need,
and those who laboured with great love and care,
to nurture this church, God's Holy House of Prayer.

It has been a historic 19 years of good times and bad,
So many blessed memories of joy, but some were sad;
May God's presence continue to guard this holy place,
That we may find love, joy, peace and abundant grace.

Our prayer is to be fervent in serving God with our best,
So that we can weather through any storm, trial and test;
Thank you, Lord, for everything that You have been done
at Good News Christian Fellowship, through your Only Son!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Who's Your Date On Earth Day?

Did you know...?

Similar to Mother's Day or Father's Day, there is a day set aside to honour and appreciate the Earth. Annually on 22 April is the day. I'm sure many of you are aware of this...

And like I always believe in every day is love day; every day is Mother's day; every day is Father's day... every day should be Earth day.

Every effort is not without a difference. Every little effort we make daily amounts to a huge difference. And I truly salute those who are willing to make inconvenient changes for the comforts of betterment.

As Penang became the first state to launch 'No Plastic Bag Day' beginning of 2011, we are on a mission to reduce the carbon footprint emission from the Pearl of Orient. It is a move that caused an upheaval of inconveniences to the society having to pay for a plastic bag, nonetheless, it's a smart and caring move to the Earth.

I am a fan of the Earth. When Tesco Malaysia introduced their carrier bags, I was quick to fall in love with them and fondly call them my Grocery Bags. I have 'The Natural Green Bag' and the "Red Ladybird Green Bag'.

And thanks to Sister Maggie, now my favourite is the 'Strawberry Reusable Shopping Bag', which is compact and easy to carry around. It looks something like this...

I used to have various lunch partners from Styrofoam containers to plastic containers; paper boxes to microwavable containers; banana leaves with newspapers to plastic bags.

But now, I have a new favourite lunch partner! Also, I'm so loving my Zebra stainless steel carrier. This is my date today, on Earth day! We enjoyed our date during lunch earlier today.

So who was your date on Earth Day, today?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Blessed 10 Years

So here it is... the theme is childhood.

The clock ticked like a tortoise last evening, but it was done as the clock stroke 12 to mark a new day - 19 April 2011.

You've seen the preparation in the previous post. I felt like a teenager in love, making this special card for him. Though it has been 10 years, my heart (sometimes) still skips a beat when with him.

As much as I was so exceedingly excited to give it to him, I was excited to show to you guys too!

 On this day, 10 years ago... 
Note: The main paper used depicts materials we grew up with - tub glue, Murakawa bubble gum, the classic japanese rubber blue thong slippers with white sole, etc.

... with these words... 'hope you like me too dear'

... you've caught my heart! (yes he did!)

And you have well taken care my heart with love.

It has been truly a blessed 10 years of ups and downs, through rain and shine,
over the mountains and under the seas.

I always believe that our love is a gift from God!

The next surprise! It's supposed to be 'Blessed 10 Years'...

Going back to the beach we used to come so very often...

Let's find a good spot...

Found it! *smile*

This year, there are 3 of us...

Pepper enjoying the sand...

Spectacular view!

Beautiful windy weather for us...

Our dinner.
Note: The uncle has been in business for more than 20 years. My cousin and I used to buy burgers from him after tuition when we were in primary school. 

No matter how far you run...

You'll run back into the arms of your family!

I love my family! I love sharing my childhood experiences with them (only if... all of them are not almost obsolete today).

In a glimpse, we've been sharing this journey in life for 10 years. Time passes so quickly and I still can never get enough of him!

There will be many more years to come. So stay tuned till the next decade *wink*

Monday, April 18, 2011

Somebody Is Turning 10!

It was quite last minute, I know... but I always do well last minute.

And when I started something, I wouldn't put it down until it's done. And when it's done, I can't wait to show it or give it to the person intended for.

Anyway, everything was ready and I started crafting last night around 9 (I think). So here it is...

The materials: half new, half recycled

I finished it at 11.30pm yesterday, and it's already killing me having to wait 24 hours before unveiling the gift!

There's about 6.5 hours to go before it will be unveiled. So be patient (I am just as excited, if not exceedingly more excited) and stay tuned!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Just The 3 Of Us

This morning, I woke up at 8am to clean the house. The landlady dropped by to pass us the agreement at 9.30am. After putting in the laundry at 10am, I called Moontree 47 if Pepper would be allowed. The lady boss welcomed small/medium breed pets (as long as they behave). So, after hanging out the laundry, we got ready, dressed up and headed over for lunch at 11.30am.

The food is good and reasonably priced. The hosts are friendly and hospitable. The ambience is awesome. If you're in Penang, Malaysia - Moontree 47 is a MUST VISIT!

Note: Going an extra mile for the family to spend time together, just the 3 of us.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Be Thankful

Life is really a privilege;
Don't be a greedy midge.

During the Youth Ministry last Sunday, this idea sparked... so I came up with this quotation (fully copyrighted) *smile smugly*

We must always be thankful of the things we have, then we will stop murmuring and complaining of the things we lack. When we focus on what we have, we see abundance. When we focus on what we lack, we see deprivation.

Happy focusing on good thoughts!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


You may not like what you're reading here. But I'm not here to please anyone but myself.

Love me or hate me... that's just the way life is. We don't make friends (fans) without making a few enemies (haters).

If you have enjoyed your visit here, I'd welcome you any time, any day or at least when new posts are updated *smile*

If you haven't enjoyed your visit here, I'd say, "Thank you for your time," and I'd make sure to see you off. I wouldn't want you to spoil your day now, would I?

One last note however, I don't write to impress. I write to express.

So read at your own risk.

Dear Readers

I do appreciate your reading, and all the footsteps (comments and thoughts) you left here and there occasionally. I thank you all for reading - whether you are entertained, inspired, loved, insulted or anything else... from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being my dearest audience.

That's the joy of writing, knowing somebody is reading. Yep somebody, even if it's just a handful of readers who follow me... it sure does mean a lot! Thank you. 

My best friend/husband who reads all my writings - sometimes, he reads the unfinished; most times, he reads the unpublished; and often times, he reads a dedication for him - he said I live in a world of my own, and that I build beliefs which only seem reasonable to myself. To which I agree. 

If you've been following this blog, you'll find that the musings are sometimes provocative, sometimes perplexing and definitely for mature readers. 

Those of you who know me personally, you'll understand why I am the way I am and why I write the way I write. 

And those of you who are reading with a raised-eyebrow... Oops, I did it again! 

Anyway, enjoy reading at your own preference as much as I enjoy sharing (at my own preference) my opinion of how I view the things around me.

Friday, April 8, 2011

What's The Price Tag On Your Dream?

Ben (the copywriter who replaced me at my last employment) is going through a crisis of faith at the moment. Not a religious crisis but a battle with writing. He has written short stories and scripts for media and plays, and he has diligently and tirelessly hone his skills. He has done everything right yet he is starting to wonder why he is doing all this. He has even thought of giving up writing for waitering; as he points out, he puts in a lot of time into writing which makes him feel more and more like drilling himself in the forehead with his ball pen-screwdriver. Repeatedly. 

If you ask me if he is wasting his time, I'd strongly believe that if he sticks with writing long enough, he will definitely make it - considering he just started writing commercially a year ago. He is truly smart, talented and funny (although with his low self-esteem, he will deny it). But I think it would be impossible for him to keep writing without these qualities transcended onto the pages of his masterpiece. Sooner or later, someone will fall in love and he will be appreciated. 

If he is willing to pay the price... that is!

What price, you may ask. Well, we are living in a very materialistic world, everything has a price tag - even dreams. Speaking from experience, the price can be a gigantic and if you are not prepared to carry the yolk, you may wake up one day to find that you have paid with everything you ever loved and everything you ever had, and what you get in return isn't quite enough. 

How much will you have to pay to be a writer?

I can't tell you because in every dream, not just writing... you might have to give up everything and live in poverty. You might lose your job, your friends or family, your children or your spouse. Your dream might cost you your health. Your happiness. Your life. In short, almost everything. 

I'm not saying that if you want to be a writer or to live your dreams, you need to run out and get a divorce and be a drunkard. Far from it because I didn't. A strong, stable relationship can get you through some wretched moments. And only fools scrabble for inspiration in the bottom of a bottle or the high of powders.

What I'm trying to say is that if you desire to pursue your dream, some other parts of your life will definitely fall by the wayside - it's the law of give and take. This is the time where your ability to balance between reality and dream, love and passion will be put to test. You can't know what will strike you yet, but if you persist, you will find out. 

I'm not stopping anyone from becoming a writer, because you can. If no one has ever told you so, I'm telling you now: YOU CAN BE A WRITER! The question is should you be? 

If you can answer, "Yes, I should be a writer!" again and again every time you pay the price... then you should. Write only because you love to write, because sitting down and playing with words makes your heart merry and your pulse race. Write only because it makes you happy... not just because you're good at it. 

Contrarily, if writing is your heart and soul and yet you choose to abandon your dream just because you are afraid, there is a price to pay as well. One day you'll wake up and discover that the part of yourself that knew how to laugh and dream and how to fly - has died, and all you have is the memory that once you had wings. 

There is a price for whoever we choose to be, and I hope Ben makes a decision after a thorough consideration. A dreamer has a price to pay, and so does every runaway who fears to dream.

 Are you the dreamer or the runaway?

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Date With The Groomer

It wasn't the first time, but she was still as excited. Maybe she had a slightest memory of the groomer, but I believe she has an elephant memory, the groomer must have rang a bell if not some bells in her mind.

Although I was reluctant at first, I decided to cut her short to get rid of the knots in her underarms, bum and tail. She was so cute when she's fluffy and round... so super cuddly. But what must be done, have to be done sooner or later. Since we have done unpacking (only what's needed to unpack). Finally! But I have been doing laundry every day since Saturday and I'll need a few more daily laundry before everything will be done.

So, I thought why not groom her now and let her fur grow out again, sooner. Well, her grooming is more expensive than ours. At the salon we go to, Jerry gets his hair wash and cut at RM28 or so, while mine RM30. Pepper's grooming is RM60, but she deserves the pamper...

So here she is - before look (in our previous home) and after look (in our new home).

 Pepper lost some weight, no she lost some hair...

Maybe she doesn't like her new haircut, but I think she's pretty.

 Maybe she's just herself, the difference is just... lesser hair.

I think she looks like a delicate princess now, instead of an over-sized lady =P

I thought she was unhappy with her new look or maybe she hasn't adapted to our new home, so I bought her some apples and Pedigree biscuit treats to cheer her up.
But her hyped spirit is up in no time!

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