02 March 2015

Snippets




"The carry on shampoo bottle ah below 80 or 100?"
"Only me understand your Engrish."
"WEI!" :D




Solitude and Loneliness




We need to understand 
the depth and psychological effect of loneliness .

We need to draw a notional line 
between solitude and loneliness.

What is regarded as 
comfortable solitude by one person 
might be viewed as loneliness by someone else.




* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




01 March 2015

Snippets




"Lelong! Lelong! Who wants to buy my Mummy?
See no one wants to buy you."

"Boy Boy lor."

"Okay lor. Sold. Go."

"HaHa! I don't want."





Loneliness




Loneliness is generally fleeting in nature 
and easily alleviated by human contact.

It is something trifling.

It is a feeling that passes in hours or days.

There is a need to find an equilibrium 
which carries a warning echo to us all.





* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)





28 February 2015

Snippets




"They are visual creatures."
"Then you are foodie giant."
"WEI!" :D




The Dress




Why is everyone posting 
a picture of this purple and green dress? 









HaHa! 

Don't mean to add more confusion to the mix. 
I don't see blue and black.





27 February 2015

Snippets




"..."
"WOW sentence! I write on my FB status ok?"
"NO! My boyfriend is on your FB."
"HaHa!" :)



Shhh... She seldom reads my blog. Hee!





Technology




Technology has so shrunk the world 
that even far-flung friends are only 
an SMS or a freemium video call away 
on a smartphone.

Whether we are in Dallas, Dubai or Denpasar, 
instant access has enabled us 
to shrug off age-old constraints :)





26 February 2015

Snippets




"Stunned. Stalled. Stopped." :)
"Then started again?" :D
"You ah! HaHa!"





Possible




It is possible 
to feel intense loneliness, 
despite the close proximity 
of bustling humanity.



* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




25 February 2015

Snippets




"I never like my old specs."
"Me neither from day one."
"WEI!" :D




United




United 
with 
the 
unspoken 
silence 
and 
shared 
secrets :)



* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)





A Little Story




"OHHH!

AHHH!

WHAT?!

REALLY?!

OHMYGOSH!

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!

THE WORLD IS TOO SMALL!"



Please pardon the caps used.

This was how I reacted exactly two weeks ago,
after I hovered the mouse over an unfamiliar name on Facebook.

My hubby had a milder response but he was surprised too.





In Moments Like These




"I still don't know how you did it."

"Neither do I."

"I'm still wondering about it."

"Same here."

"It's impossible to skip all the required steps."

"Divine intervention?"




The above conversation has been repeated 
every now and then since 2011 :)






24 February 2015

Snippets




"Aiya! So terrible. So horrible."
"Can i call them hooligans?"
"Much worse than hooligans lor. 
Yr little toe suffered cos of their mother."



Djibouti




One of my dear readers came from Djibouti.

Hello! Thank you for dropping by :)


Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast. Its official languages are french and arabic.




23 February 2015

A Little Story




November 2014

Friend A: Can we zoom to March 2015?




January 2015

Friend B: Can we zoom to May 2015?




Now

Can we zoom to 26 February 2015?









Snippets




"I forgot to hug, hug u."
"Awww... I love, love U!" :)




Guard




When we are alone, guard our thoughts.
When we are with others, guard our words :)




22 February 2015

Snippets




Only 8 years old.
Rhema Marvanne can sing so, so well :)




Thoughts




We need to learn on how to select our thoughts 
just the same way we select our clothes everyday. 

This is a power we can cultivate. 

If we want to control things in our lives, 
work on the mind. 

That is the only thing we should be trying to control :)






21 February 2015

Snippets




Entrance + Exit = Enxit

HaHa! My Engrish! 




Natural World




Throughout the natural world, 
the capacity for camouflage 
and the ability to recede 
into the background 
come with lavish beauty 
and biological aplomb :)




20 February 2015

Snippets




"This one far nice nice."
"That one near and far nice nice." :)




Invisibility




Invisibility can just be 
one ordinary thing disguised as another, 
but it has a lightness of being, 
a composure 
and all the grace of going unseen :)





19 February 2015

Snippets




"This is more stream-lined."
"How about you?"
"WEI!" :D




Who We Are




Don't 
let 
anyone 
make
us 
feel 
less 
than 
who 
we 
are 
:)



* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




18 February 2015

Snippets




"This isn't too bulky."
"You are bulkier la."
"WEI!" :D




Live Our Lives




We are how we live our lives,
not how we say our lives :)




* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




17 February 2015

A Little Story




The date was 09 February 2015.

The time was 10:15am.

The place was at my neighbourhood bus interchange.

The most unpleasant incident: 


A dog licked my right calf from behind.
I jumped in fright and fear.
The female owner laughed at me.
I glared at her.
She apologised.


I respect all dog owners.
I always move away from their pets.
So, please show your respect too.


I am cynophobic from young.





Snippets




"I had tried to like it many, many times."
"No need to try at all. Otherwise, not genuine." :)




Silence




"We need to find God, 
and He cannot be found 
in noise and restlessness. 
God is the friend of silence. 
See how nature 
- trees, flowers, grass 
- grows in silence. 
See the stars, sun and moon, 
how they move in silence. 
We need silence 
to be able to touch souls." 

~ Author Unknown :)




* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




In Moments Like These




The most unexpected phone calls.
09 February 2015 10am
16 February 2015 9am
16 February 2015 9:57am


A few times,
"I need your help."



If the person concerned was another party,
everyone else would have initiated to help willingly.
But the world does not work that way most of the time.
Most people care about class, status, 
background and personal gains.

The sun shines on everyone.
The sky has eyes.
The earth has ears.

I will do my best.





16 February 2015

Snippets





My cute, sweet 3-year-old Indian neighbour
blew kisses at me as I walked past their home.
She always melts my heart :)




Difficult People




While we cannot control 
another person's attitude, 
it is important to remember 
that we can control our own. 
How we approach the challenge 
of meeting difficult people
can make all the difference 
in our own attitude 
and perspective.
It is not simple
but it can be rewarding :)




* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)








15 February 2015

Snippets




Thrice this week 
is a little too overwhelming 
for my tiny heart to take. 

I am so touched :)



Gift Voucher




The great joy of seeing a long-forgotten gift voucher 
which will expire in a few days' time :)




14 February 2015

Snippets




"The two ladies in your life love purple."

" :) "




Love




"All we need is love."

~ Charles M. Schulz :)





13 February 2015

Snippets




"The grapes and strawberries from ntuc 
are sweeter than those from ntuc finest."

"That's why they have to call themselves finest." :D





Hugs




"They invented hugs 
to let people know 
we love them 
without saying anything."

~ Bil Keane :)





A Little Story




"According to my eyes gauge, 
the PSI reading is approaching 200 now."

"How about your nose gauge?"

"Around 200 too."


How about your mouth gauge?"

"WEI!" :D




Why has it been so hazy and smoky since last evening?





12 February 2015

In Moments Like These




"Why so late today?"


I had been asked the above-mentioned question so many times over the past nine days by my regular contacts. I went out much later than my normal time. My daily routine was off the usual radar. All because I need not cook dinner for the past nine days. Not that I usually cook every day. Hee! :)




"Where are you? Is everything fine?"


These are the favourite questions on Farmville in Facebook for the past week. I took a little breather from Farmville. Just visited the cash cow daily. Exchanged some gifts. Then off I went. Hee! :)




It is very reassuring and comforting to know that some people notice a change in my daily routine and my online activities. They enquired about it in a caring way. I am so grateful :)





Snippets




"Their ears felt painful for me."
"My ears are painful listening to your Mandarin."
"WEI!" :D




Duty




"I know of only one duty 
and that is to love." 

~ Albert Camus :)




11 February 2015

Snippets




  
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Smile




"If we have only one smile in us, 
give it to the people we love." 

~ Maya Angelou :)




10 February 2015

Snippets



"Who is louder spoken?"
"Your Engrish ah! only me understand." :D




Assertive Communication




Assertive communication is a necessary tool. 
It shows we are aware of the rights of others 
and willing to work harmoniously together :)




* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)





09 February 2015

Snippets



"Very gone."
"What Engrish is that?" 
"HaHa! Means gone far, far away."




Assertive Speaking




Assertive speaking is the correct balancing point 
between being too aggresive and too passive. 
Being assertive can help boost our self-esteem 
and earn respect from others :)




* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




08 February 2015

Snippets




"She's quite snobbish."
"She's quite showy."
"What is the difference?" 




Assertive Language




Using assertive language 
is an important communication skill. 
Learning how to speak with assertive strength 
will let us clearly spell out our point of view 
while respecting the rights 
and thoughts of others 
at the same time :)




* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




07 February 2015

Snippets



"On! Your challenge is accepted. HaHa!"
"NO!" :D



Adult




"I have learned how to be silent
via experience and consequence
But that does not mean
I will settle

I have a voice of my own
that wants to be heard
Some day soon
I shall figure out how

I am not a child
that needs to be taught
I am an adult
finding his own way" 

~ Author Unknown :)




* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




A Little Story




A very beautiful Thai lady and I...

We sat in quiet, comfortable silence, acknowledging each other's presence with the occasional hand squeezes, smiles and nods.

We had enjoyed ourselves together in a few extended family gatherings. We do not have any common language to communicate with each other. Yet, we always sat together and enjoyed the food together.

She is the mother of my cousin-in-law.

I address her as "Big Sister"... :)




06 February 2015

Snippets




"Audrey u r gg to miss her."
"She misses someone else more lah." :)




Assume



What 
others 
assume 
just 
makes 
them 
look 
stupid 
:)



* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




05 February 2015

In Moments Like These




"Hello Auntie Audrey!"

"Hello P! You remember me?"


Tears welled up in my eyes when P nodded his head.
We had not met each other for at least ten years.

The evening crowd was very thick in the next suburb today.
Yet, he saw me and approached me from a distance.

P is a very special person with trisomy 21.
He is a great child of God.

Even my hubby remembers about P.



"Please send my regards to your parents, P. Take care."

"Yes, I'll. Take care Auntie."



Till we meet again... :)




Snippets



"Love you lah!"
"Love! Love!"




Time




The most important thing to learn 
about creating more time in our life 
is how to say "no". 
Just because we are asked 
to take something on 
doesn't mean we have to accept it. 
Ultimately, our time belongs only to us; 
make sure we are the one 
who chooses how to use it :)



* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




A Little Story




There is a direct bus to this beach from our home.
Yet, I have not been there until a few months ago :)




04 February 2015

In Moments Like These




I Stand In Awe Of You Lyrics

"You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard
Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom
Who can fathom the depth of Your love
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty enthroned above

And I stand, I stand in awe of You
I stand, I stand in awe of You
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of You"




The line 'I Stand In Awe Of You' was repeated in my head upon knowing about the TransAsia Airways incident today. I bow in humble thanksgiving. All glory, honour and power belong to The Almighty. 

Thank you to the Aunties Brigade for remembering my child in prayers :)

This is my first time listening to this song after finding it on youtube.




Snippets




 heart emoticon Pastries. Tiah tiah  heart emoticon
 




Focus




Does it all really have to be done now? 
Maybe there is just too much on our plate 
for anyone to realistically handle. 
Choose only a few items 
to focus our energy right now, 
and put some of those other projects on hold. 
We don't have to give anything up, 
just defer it to later :)



* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




03 February 2015

In Moments Like These




"I've full respect for Professor Anne Edwards."

"Who is she?"

"A friend on Farmville who is always very helpful.
She is so highly educated and yet so humble.
Try to google her name. It's a BIG WOW!" :)





Snippets




"Good Night lah. Very late already. Good Morning soon."
"Okie. Good Night!" :)




Peace Tweet



A poignant tweet by murdered journalist Kenji Goto on the virtue of being calm was spreading rapidly on social media Tuesday, days after he was apparently beheaded by Islamist militants.

"Close your eyes and remain patient. It's over once you get angry or yell. It is almost like praying. Hating is not the role of humans; judgement is God's domain," Goto tweeted in Japanese on 
07 September 2010.





02 February 2015

Snippets




  heart emoticon Abalone. Tiah tiah heart emoticon

Words





"The consequences of one’s words. 
It may be just a tweet to us 
and we’re venting our frustration on 
someone we don’t like or just doing it for kicks, 
but the hurt we dish might be 
on a whole different level on the receiver’s end." 

~ Yan Kay Kay :)


* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)



01 February 2015

Snippets




"That man... that woman... our son..."
"Aiyo!" :D




Judge




"Anyone can judge us, 
such is the nature of judging. 
We can choose whether or not 
we are going to let other people's 
thoughts and actions affect us, 
but in the end, 
we cannot stop other people 
from thinking what they like about us." 

~ Ryan O. :)




* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




31 January 2015

Snippets



"Is this too short? A lot of chee kok pek."
"Ya lor. So old still want to see."
"WEI!" :D




Walk Away




"Be mindful of what we throw away. 
Be careful of what we push away. 
Think hard before we walk away." 

~ Cathy Greek :)



* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




30 January 2015

A Little Story




This morning I went on an exciting hunt for the special bakery 
that sells one of the best cheese tarts. I found the bakery.

It does not bake the cheese tarts everyday.

I bought some other pastries instead :)





Snippets




Two consecutive days of perfect weather with gentle breeze. 
Neither hot sun nor rain. Best! :)




High Road




"When someone is rude, 
keep a smile on our face. 
When we stay on the high road 
and keep our joy, 
we take away their power." 

~ Joel Osteen :)




* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




In Moments Like These




"Auntie, I'm flying to Aussie on 15 Feb to do my degree."

"Wow! I'm so proud of you, Boy. Please call home frequently.
Please study hard. Please choose your friends carefully."

"Yes, I'll, Auntie." :)




You were only five-year-old when I first knew you. Your grandma was one of the first few neighbours to welcome us into the neighbourhood. Through the years, I have watched you grew up. You always update me about your school life and then your NS. Soon you'll get to know a very good girl. 



"Please remember to phone home on Deepavali, ok?" :)