27 November 2014


It's the Thanksgiving Weekend soon. 
Some people are alone. 
Some people are homeless. 
May they feel some love and care.

In Moments Like These

"Grant me never to lose sight of the exceeding sinfulness of sin..."

You wrote the above in a very long status update on your Facebook wall about an hour ago. The timing is so appropriate; on Thanksgiving Day itself.

I didn't expect you to be so brave and courageous. You have decided to be transparent and accountable. I am very proud of you.

I had blogged about you and your mother on the 10th of November 2014.

All will be well again soon.

Unending love. Amazing grace :)

Happy Thanksgiving

"Be intentional in spending time 
with those we love. 
Turn off the electronics 
and be in the moment 
with each person 
we will be blessed enough 
to spend Thanksgiving with. 
It might be the last time 
we have that moment." 

~ Julie J. :)

"For each new morning with its light, 
For rest and shelter of the night, 
For health and food, 
For love and friends, 
For everything Thy goodness sends." 

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) :)

A Little Story

Last month...

"Please request your boss to produce this dress 
in short-sleeves and longer hemline."

Ring Ring...

"Your girl's design had already arrived."
"Thank you. I'll meet you tomorrow."

The next day...

"Beautiful! Thank you so much!"
"It's very sale-able among the working crowd."
"Please request your boss to manufacture this dress
in red, maroon, etc for the coming festive season.
It's only in black and navy blue now."

I think I can design too. HaHa! 
I have been giving ideas to PATCH Apparel
which are being sold in many big departmental stores :)


If we are incorrectly given 
credit and praise, 
acknowledge the colleague 
who deserves the accolades :)

26 November 2014


"It's a very special day today..."
"Wow! Please be very grateful. Always cherish."
"Okie!" :)

A True Friend

“A true friend is 
someone who knows 
all about you 
and still loves you.” 

Elbert Hubbard :) 

25 November 2014


"Aiyo! I look so fat in photos one ah?!"
"You look much, much fatter in real life lah."
"WEI!" :D


Ask our colleagues 
for their thoughts 
and opinions. 
This is a great way 
to show them that 
we value 
and respect them. 
People like other people 
who take an interest in them :)

In Moments Like These

KH and I first met each other through our blogs. We commented on each other's blogs frequently. Then when we got to know and trusted each other more, we exchanged email address and added each other on Facebook.

When KH crossed over the rainbow bridge in June 2011, due to an illness, her daughter contacted me via her mother's Facebook and email. Her daughter asked for my home address because she had wanted to send a letter to me.

Only then, I realised and knew of my role in her late mother's life.

I was greatly humbled. I was silent for a very long time. I didn't know about it at all. I just did my best as one of her overseas blogging buddy. It meant a lot to KH.

I missed KH and her wisdom, advice as well as humour.

Her daughter and I are friends on Facebook now. We belong to the same age group. The special link continues across the oceans :)

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world online.”

24 November 2014


"When will u join our grp chat on whatsapp?"
"HaHa! Not using WhatsApp at all. Not in e near future." :)


Much of our workplace success 
is based not on 
what we do 
but who we know. 
The better our relationships 
with colleagues and others 
in our workplace, 
the better our career will be :)

23 November 2014


Ring Ring...

"The item has already arrived."

I was very surprised. 
More than a month ago,
I requested the 
small departmental store 
to reserve the item for me
should they order new stock.
And the staff really did
even though the item
costs only $5.90 :)

Thank you!


Dwelling on 
that sort of thing 
limits me further. 
Acting is not 
the most important thing 
in my life. 
There are 
far more important things 
like happiness. 
Accepting whatever it is 
just makes things 
a lot easier." 

~ James Michael Tyler :)

* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written last year. Cheers! :)

A Little Story

"HeHe! U r meeting yr Dear Dear soon.
Mama just did e personality test.
ISTJ :) HaHa! Love U! :)"

"Haha quite diff from me."

"HaHa! Certainly U r U.
I m fat mama lah! Love U! :)"

"Haha yours quite true of u."

"Of course. I speak truth. I act truth.
HaHa! Smile. Love U! :)"

The above is a rare glimpse into the exchange of text messages with my child a few days ago. Hee! Love! Love! 

In Moments Like These

Who am I?

"ISTJs are quiet and reserved individuals who are interested in security and peaceful living. They have a strongly-felt internal sense of duty, which lends them a serious air and the motivation to follow through on tasks. Organized and methodical in their approach, they can generally succeed at any task which they undertake. They are "good citizens" who can be depended on to do the right thing for their families and communities. While they generally take things very seriously, they also usually have an offbeat sense of humor and can be a lot of fun - especially at family or work-related gatherings.
ISTJs are very loyal, faithful, and dependable. They place great importance on honesty and integrity. 
The ISTJ is extremely dependable on following through with things which he or she has promised. 
The ISTJ will work for long periods of time and put tremendous amounts of energy into doing any task which they see as important to fulfilling a goal. However, they will resist putting energy into things which don't make sense to them, or for which they can't see a practical application. They prefer to work alone, but work well in teams when the situation demands it. They like to be accountable for their actions.
STJs have tremendous respect for facts. They hold a tremendous store of facts within themselves, which they have gathered through their Sensing preference. They may have difficulty understanding a theory or idea which is different from their own perspective. However, if they are shown the importance or relevance of the idea to someone who they respect or care about, the idea becomes a fact, which the ISTJ will internalize and support. Once the ISTJ supports a cause or idea, he or she will stop at no lengths to ensure that they are doing their duty of giving support where support is needed.
The ISTJ is extremely faithful and loyal.
The ISTJ is likely to express their affection through actions, rather than through words.
In general, the ISTJ has a tremendous amount of potential. Capable, logical, reasonable, and effective individuals with a deeply driven desire to promote security and peaceful living, the ISTJ has what it takes to be highly effective at achieving their chosen goals - whatever they may be."

~ From an online source :)

22 November 2014


 Souvenir from Cambodia. Tiah tiah  



In Moments Like These

I had been asked to do the personality test.

Who am I?

Personality: ISTJ

Variant: Assertive

Role: Sentinel

You are one of Sentinels - a reliable and dedicated individual who respects traditions and prizes responsibility. You are known for your directness, attention to detail and quiet dedication :)

Portrait of an ISTJ


"The ISTJ personality type is thought to be the most abundant, making up around 13% of the population. Their defining characteristics of integrity, practical logic and tireless dedication to duty make ISTJs a vital core to many families. People with the ISTJ personality type enjoy taking responsibility for their actions, and take pride in the work they doISTJs don't make many assumptions, preferring instead to analyze their surroundings, check their facts and arrive at practical courses of action. When ISTJs say they are going to get something done, they do it, meeting their obligations no matter the personal cost, and they are baffled by people who don't hold their own word in the same respect. Combining laziness and dishonesty is the quickest way to get on ISTJs' bad side. ISTJs have sharp, fact-based minds, and prefer autonomy and self-sufficiency to reliance on someone or something. This sense of personal integrity is core to ISTJs, and goes beyond their own minds - ISTJ personalities adhere to established rules and guidelines regardless of cost, reporting their own mistakes and telling the truth even when the consequences for doing so could be disastrous. To ISTJs, honesty is far more important than emotional considerations. ISTJs' dedication is an excellent quality. ISTJs tend to keep their opinions to themselves and let the facts do the talking, but it can be a long time before observable evidence tells the whole story."

~ From an online source :)

21 November 2014


"Hi Audrey! My daughter's PSLE results..."
"WOW! Congratulations! So proud of her! Well done!"

Received the above text message minutes after the release of her results this morning. So very happy for both of them :)

Who am I? Just a friend who cares for them. 


"I'm proud of myself as a woman. 
The biggest message 
is owning our imperfections 
and all the things 
that make us interesting, 
because I refuse to allow 
someone to put me 
in anyone's box." 

~ Beyonce :)

A Little Story

The cards are already sealed with love.
They will be mailed out next week.
Yes, I'm beating the festive season rush.
There are less cards to be posted this year.
A few had already crossed the rainbow bridge.
Their addresses will remain in my little book.
Their sincere kindness and genuine friendship, 
across the miles and oceans
as well as over the many years,
will be among my greatest treasures forever :)

20 November 2014


* "Didnt see U for awhile."

"Right arm was on leave. 
Difficult to go out with only one working arm."

* "My right arm n shoulder r healed.
Can carry handbag means can go kai kai.
Can change bedsheets means more housework."

"Housework can wait. Go kai kai first lah."

"HaHa! Best advice." 


don’t erase shame, 
hatred, cruelty, 
silence, ignorance, 
low self-esteem 
or immorality. 
It covers it up, 
with a creative version 
of pride and ego. 
Only restitution, 
forgiving ourselves and others, 
compassion, repentance 
and living with dignity 
will have new beginnings.” 

~ Shannon A. :)

* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written last year. Cheers! :)

19 November 2014


"Yes. Hidden gem. Be grateful. Cherish."
"Okie!" :)

Meaningful Life

"A meaningful life 
is not being popular 
or being perfect. 
It is about being real, 
being humble, 
being able to share ourselves 
and touch the lives of others. 
It is only then 
we could have a full, 
happy and contented life." 

~ Author Unknown :)

* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written last year. Cheers! :)

18 November 2014


"Wow! You just permed your hair. So pretty,"
I mentioned to a female staff.

"Auntie is pretty too,"
her young male colleague replied.

"Awww... You are handsome."

True Friends

"True friendship 
is a promise made in the heart 
– silent, unwritten, 
unbreakable by distance, 
and unchangeable by time. 
Don’t listen 
to what people say; 
watch what they do. 
Your true friends will slowly 
reveal themselves 
over time." 

~ Cathy Greek :)

* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written last year. Cheers! :)

17 November 2014


"How was e cohort reunion?"
"I didn't go cos you didn't go Audrey."
"What?! Should i feel bad or touched?"

Long Walks

"I can take long walks 
and no one interferes 
with my thoughts 
and tranquility." 

~ Audrey Hepburn :)

16 November 2014


"HiHi! Surprised to hear fr U now.
We seldom sms each other on weekends n PH.
Miss me ah?"
"Ya la. Miss you Audrey."


To be interconnected, 
focus on mundane, 
everyday practices, 
and understand that 
great things begin 
with the very smallest of acts 
are radical ideas 
for young people 
living in a society 
that pressures them 
to think big 
and achieve individual excellence :)

15 November 2014


 Pens. Tiah tiah  

THE VOW (Acrostic Poem)

To promise every word
Heart to heart
Everlasting and timeless

Very solemn and sacred
Omnipresent and infinite
Word by word

Poem Copyright
@2014 audreyin
All Rights Reserved

A Little Story

It had been a week since I sprained my right arm and shoulder while I was fastening the safety belt. I do not know how it happened. But it was very, very painful at that moment. Then the pain became more excruciating during the next two days and nights. Despite breaking into cold sweat often and the tears flowed down involuntarily on many occasions, I abstained from any painkiller nor muscle soothing ointment. Was I being strong or brave? I do not know.

However, I do know that the remarks made by someone were more painful and hurtful. Without any proper diagnostic tests nor qualified knowledge, the person said that the pain was a symptom of breast cancer.

It is terribly hurting and aching to hear those insensitive remarks made.

Fortunately, my right arm and shoulder are almost fine now :)

14 November 2014


"U r most welcome, Birthday Girl!"
"Aiyo. I'm a granny alrd la."
"Forever a young girl lah." :)

"I didn't say anything just now."
"No need to say anything. Just say it inside your heart is enough."
"Your maturity is beyond your tender age." :)


Effort is what counts the most, 
more than talent or aptitude. 
We are not limited to our innate talents; 
we all have enormous potential 
to expand our abilities if we cultivate them. 
We do not have to be stuck doing 
what we happen to be good at; 
merely pay attention to what we love 
and proceed from there :)

13 November 2014


"How did you see it 
so clearly so early?"

"Try to take a helicopter view
of the situation without 
any emotional attachment." :)

Understood and Discovered

Once we have understood ourselves better 
and discovered what we love to do, 
we can then work to become adept at those activities 
through ample practice and self-cultivating :)

A Little Story

Might compose 
an acrostic poem on 
the vow 
when inspiration strikes.
Please stay tuned :)

12 November 2014


* "Wrong channel la."
"Ya lah. FH is your fav channel."
"FV is yours kawan." :)
So funny.

* There was a free new farm on Farmville yesterday :) 
but I didn't click on the free button :(
So careless.

* Accidentally deleted a post on beginnings.
It was written more than a year ago.
So upset.


How every action, 
gesture or word 
dramatically affects 
how others respond to us :)

A Little Story

Much had happened 
over the past week.
Both near and far.
Both dear and distant.
Both serious and trivial. 
To remain cool and calm 
is the only constant.
To be collected 
is the only choice.
I stay silent and quiet :)

11 November 2014


 Live. Love. Laugh  

Love Well

Live happily
Stay blessed
Love well :)

10 November 2014


* "Audrey, you surprised me!"
"Yeah! You mentioned you had not tried Viber before." :)

* One more box to the annual gifts this year :)


There is love growing
in the unlikely places
where grace meets friendship :)

In Moments Like These

Your mother had been texting me at odd times and days for the past few weeks. It is so unlike her usual habit of the past 15 years. I was puzzled. But I didn't ask nor question. I sensed that she might be going through a rough patch in her life. Trying to comfort her, I availed myself all the time. Being curious and wanting to understand deeper, I visited your Facebook page. Only then, the pieces fell into place. Some questions were answered on their own. However, more questions were created. You had changed. Perhaps due to circumstances and situations beyond your control. You didn't mean to worry nor hurt your mother. But the lifestyle that you had adopted recently might have crushed your mother. She is a strong lady of very few words. Let us hope that your current lifestyle is just a passing fad. And you will be the smart and wise young lady once again. Your parents care for you. So do I. 

A Little Story

"Hello! I'm indeed very surprised that you phoned me today."

"Yes, I was afraid that you might have difficulty 
in reaching me on the actual day."

When the actual day arrived, I could not reach the Birthday Girl. The vastly different time zones did not help at all. When I phoned in the morning, she had already left for work. When I remembered about it at night, it was a new day in her continent.

09 November 2014


* "YL is so active on FB now."
"Taking over IL's place who last updated on 20 Oct?"

* Two blue ticks. Another good reason for not having WhatsApp yet.


The importance of rituals 
lies in how 
they inculcate 
a certain sensibility 
in a person :)

08 November 2014


* "Are you a Baba?"

"You aren't the first person to ask me. 
May I know why? Do I look like a Baba?"

"You don't use Mandarin most of the time. 
You're more comfortable in English."

"HaHa! You answered one of the mysteries in my life.
I'm a pure Chinese."

* "Next time when you're asked whether you're a Baba,
just say that you're a Mama."

"Very good one! Best!" :)


"We are 
what we 
repeatedly do." 

~ Aristotle :)

07 November 2014


*"I'm so hot!"
"Wow! Hot Mama! I'm fat mama!"
"Hahha! Haha!"

*"She is on the plump side but looks very sweet."
"Just like you?" 

Logical Rationality

Brain scans reveal 
that our unconscious awareness 
of emotions and phenomena 
around us 
is actually 
what drives the decision 
we are making 
with such logical rationality :)

06 November 2014


"I go. I go."
"I scared. I scared."
"You're like one of us now."

Words uttered by someone
whom I respect a lot
and whom I am always very grateful for.
Thank you! :)


If the body leads, 
the mind will follow. 
Behaving kindly 
or smiling at someone, 
can cause actual differences 
in how we end up 
feeling and behaving, 
even ultimately changing 
the outcome of a situation :)

05 November 2014


*"U missed me ah?!"

"U missed me la."

"What is e diff?"

"Big diff!" :D

*Today yours truly signed off two documents 
with the year as 2015. 
I'm very, very blurred :)

Heart and Mind

The heart 
and the mind 
are inextricably linked. 
One does not exist 
without the other :)

04 November 2014


*A neighbour told me that 
another neighbour had lost 
a lot of weight lately. 
I was shocked 
when I saw her 
the other day. 
She had indeed lost 
a lot of kg. 
Hope she is fine.

*Nearly fell down today.

Happy Face

If we see 
a happy face 
for just 
a fraction of a second, 
that is long enough 
to elicit 
a mini emotional high :)

03 November 2014


Spilling + Bulging = Spulging :D


We should train ourselves 
to become spontaneous 
through daily living, 
rather than 
closing ourselves off 
through what we think of 
as rational decision-making :)

* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written last year. Cheers! :)

02 November 2014


  Jiak blueberry pancake. Tiah tiah  

*"Auntie buy this very often."
"Ya lor. The others are too sweet. 
But I love them too.
Must lose a lot of weight." :)


Whenever we make decisions, 
from the prosaic 
to the profound, 
we will make better ones 
when we intuit how to 
integrate heart and mind, 
and let our rational 
and emotional sides 
blend into one :)

* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written last year. Cheers! :)

01 November 2014


This blog 
has been around 
since November 2004 :)


Some decisions are made 
from the heart. 
Some tend 
to believe that 
humans are rational creatures 
who make decisions logically, 
using our brains :)

* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written last year. Cheers! :)

31 October 2014


 Car key. Tiah tiah  

*"Nearly didn't recognise you when you're in a dress."
"I could be incognito if I leave my denim skirts at home." :)

*I had been trying 
to find a particular song 
for the past few weeks. 
It is a contemporary song 
with the words 
"father's hand" in it. 
I heard it over the radio 
while doing housework 
one morning.
It has a very catchy beat :)


If we cultivate 
our better nature 
in the small ways, 
we can become 
an extraordinary person 
with an incredible influence, 
altering our own life 
as well as 
that of those around us, 
until finally 
we can turn the whole world 
in the palm of our hands :)