20 December 2014

In Moments Like These



Woke up at 1am just now.
Too early and too wide awake.
So I switched on the com.
I don't use my mobile to surf the internet
because of zero data plan and low memory space.

Only then I knew why I was woken up.
It is daytime in the other side of the world.

I'm very glad that I listened to The Voice...




19 December 2014

Snippets


"Ok and ok."
"Love U! and Love U!" :)




Presence


"We were not meant 
to be left up to the 
interpretation 
and critique of spectators. 
We are not a canvas 
hung on a wall. 
We are a presence to be felt, 
a message to be heard." 

~ Lauren B. :)




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




18 December 2014

Snippets


"Hehe! Just sent you a viber message Audrey:)"
"HaHa! U text me to tell me U viber me."
"Hahha! We r so funny lor!"
"Both of us r not on any data plan lah. That's why."




Third World Problems


Third World problems 
- overcrowding, 
preventing shanty slums 
as well as 
maintaining basic law 
and order.



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




17 December 2014

Snippets



* "Audrey v r gg 2 e Christmas at Gdns 2day."
"HaHa! I'm going for e third time this Sat. Best!" :)



First World Problems


First World problems of success 
- managing income inequality, 
widening social safety nets 
and maintaining competitiveness :)


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







A Little Story



Left my mobile phone at home intentionally during my hour-long grocery trip yesterday. So that there were less things for me to carry home. 

Someone phoned me three times within three consecutive minutes during that hour. I was very perplexed. The person seldom called me nowadays. 

Why did the person phone me so many times? It must be urgent, right?

Many questions raced through my mind. Many scenarios were formed in my questioning mind.

I did not return the calls. I sent a text message to the person instead.

After receiving the reply, I contacted another person before answering it.

The first reply received drained me out for the rest of the day. 

Oh well...




16 December 2014

Snippets


"Auntie we go to 1KM after Christmas."
"So fast ah? I'll find you all if I miss all of you ok?"
"Ok! Then must miss us ok?"
"Ok! See you all here after the upgrading works."






In Moments Like These



"Two hostages killed in a siege at a central Sydney cafe Tuesday were hailed as heroes 'willing to lay down their lives so others might live' in a church service mourning their deaths.

Tori Johnson, the 34-year-old manager of the Lindt chocolate cafe where the crisis unfolded, and 38-year-old barrister and mother-of-three Katrina Dawson died as heavily-armed police ended the 16-hour stand-off.

At a prayer service in St. Mary's Cathedral about 500 metres (547 yards) from the cafe, Archbishop Anthony Fisher spoke of how the 'heart of our city is broken by the deaths of two innocents'.


Johnson's parents, in a statement shared via Sydney broadcast journalist Ben Fordham, praised their 'beautiful boy' and called for everyone to 'pray for peace on Earth'.

'We are so proud of our beautiful boy Tori, gone from this earth but forever in our memories as the most amazing life partner, son and brother we could ever wish for,' the statement said.

'We feel heartfelt sorrow for the family of Katrina Dawson.'

'We'd like to thank not only our friends and loved ones for their support, but the people of Sydney; Australia and those around the world for reaching out with their thoughts and prayers.' Dawson, a rising star in the legal fraternity, would be greatly missed by her colleagues and friends, the NSW Bar Association said."

~ From An Online Source



"Awful, do they not have any feelings? People are being held hostage, and all they can do is take a selfie." ~ a tweet on #SydneySiege 



RIP.







Are They?


Are they schooled 
in the problems 
of the Third World? 
And more crucially, 
are they skilled 
in the ways 
of the street?


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




15 December 2014

Snippets


 
 Lao Ban soya beancurd. Tiah tiah  




* "Little girl, your maturity is beyond your age.
I would like to meet your Mum."

* "Small girl, are you really only in your twenties?"

All glory and honour belong to God! :)





Disconnect


A gaping disconnect 
between what was 
formally on record 
and what was really
happening on the ground.
Are they really in tuned
with the masses? :)


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




A Little Story



Yours truly 
had already scheduled 
the daily noon posts 
for each day 
until the last day of 2016.

Yes, it is slightly 
more than two years from now :)




14 December 2014

Snippets


Love, Me by Collin Raye brought some tears to DJ FD live over the radio.


"If you get there before I do 
Don't give up on me
I'll meet you when my chores are through
I don't know how long I'll be 

But I'm not gonna let you down
Darling wait and see
And between now and then
Til I see you again

I'll be loving you
Love, Me."







Tackling


We have become 
so reliant on systems 
and sophisticated technology, 
we have lost ground feel: 
the art of responding 
to what is here and now, 
of tackling today's problems 
to nip tomorrow's in the bud :)



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



A Little Story


I know that you're missing me now.
Me and my text messages to be exact.
I had given too many chances to you over the years.
I had explained my reasons to you many times.

Yet, you didn't respect my simple request
of leaving my friends alone.
They don't even know you at all.
Even our mutual contacts mentioned
about your unreasonable attitude and behavior.

Thus, I had to do what I had to do.

Good bye to your nonsensical and childish behaviour :)







13 December 2014

Snippets


* "U went there again Audrey!
U r promoting e Gardens."
"HaHa! I'm promoting When A Child Is Born 
by Sarah Brightman now." :)




* "Did you see the new Volvo sports car SKP 8388P?"
"Ya lor. So childish to compete among themselves."
"Honda SKH 8388G belongs to the same household." :)




Result


One might say 
the recent episodes 
of failure 
are the result 
of decades of success 
in the place :)


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




12 December 2014

Snippets




 Souvenirs from Vietnam. Tiah tiah  




"Good. GooD. GOOD!"
"What? What? What?"
"FarmVille. Hee!" :D



Skills


Officials need skills 
to handle First World issues, 
Third World issues, 
and the interplay of both :)



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




In Moments Like These


It had been a while since 
I woke up to a song in my head. 
It happened at 2:55am yesterday
and 1:55am today.

"When A Child Is Born" by Sarah Brightman:



A ray of hope flickers in the sky
A tiny star lights up way up high
All across the land dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born

A silent wish sails the seven seas
The winds have changed whisper in the trees
And the walls of doubt crumble tossed and torn
This comes to pass when a child is born

A rosy hue settles all around
You've got the feel you're on solid ground
For a spell or two no-one seems forlorn
This comes to pass when a child is born

And all of this happened
Because the world is waiting
Waiting for one child
Black, white, yellow, no one knows
But a child that would grow up and turn tears to laughter
Hate to love, war to peace
And everyone to everyone's neighbour
Misery and suffering would be forgotten forever

It's all a dream and illusion now
It must come true, sometimes soon somehow
All across the land dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born

11 December 2014

Snippets


To love and be loved :)




A True Friend


"You find strength in knowing 
you have a true friend 
and possibly a soul mate 
who will remain loyal to the end. 
Life seems completely different, 
exciting and worthwhile. 
Your only hope and security 
is in knowing that 
they are a part of your life.” 

~ Bob Marley :)




10 December 2014

Snippets


From JEM to Westgate 
to Vivo City to Raffles City 
to Tampines Mall 
in search of Cha Cha Sapphire 
together with JK
within three hours :)




Short-sightedness


Reactive, 
lacking foresight, 
lacking accountability, 
a lack of interest, 
unstrategic 
and unknowledgeable
of the past,
present
and future
of the place :)


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







09 December 2014

Snippets



"Are ur blogs telling a story thro e advertisements?"
"HaHa! No. Nuffnang decides on e ads lah." :)




Complacency


Egotistical, 
self-satisfied, 
inattentive, 
unconcerned, 
lazy 
and unoriginal 
from those in-charge :)


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





A Little Story


Bumped into Mrs J again yesterday.
Two suburbs away from our own backyard.
We have each other's contact numbers.
Yet, whenever we miss each other,
Someone Up There will plan for us to meet,
in the most unexpected places,
at the most surprising times.
Then we will chit-chat like young schoolgirls.
This special arrangement has happened
many times during the past decade
ever since she relocated to this island with her family.


Isn't this arrangement from
Someone Up There so special? :)





08 December 2014

Snippets


* A college student asked me in the mall today:


"Aunty, could you try on this top?
I would like to buy it for my Mum.
Both of you are about the same size."


Hee! I was a model today :)




* Finally, one visit from that particular country.
Happy! :)





Manipulation


Pushy, 
insincere, 
pressurising, 
dishonest, 
glib 
and annoying 
of the arrogant :)



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







07 December 2014

A Little Story


Yesterday

It was the 110th anniversary of my secondary school. 
It was celebrated under the Royal patronage of 
the Queen of the State.


Tomorrow

A very good friend will be touching down 
in my hometown from abroad. 
We spoke on the phone two days ago. 



It is a very meaningful opportunity to be back during this weekend. 
But I am still on this island now. 
Why? I really don't know. 
I'm very happy from where I'm now.
And this is very important. 
Hey! :)





Snippets


* Today + Now + Tonight = Tonow :D

HaHa! My Engrish! 



The heavens have opened up. Lovely cool day ahead :)





Egocentricity


Motivated by 
self-interest, 
arrogant, 
individualistic, 
opinionated 
and controlling 
of the proud :)



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




06 December 2014

Snippets


"Did you watch the video?"
"No. It lacked sincerity." :)




Tactful Audacity


Daring, 
bold, 
challenging, 
aware of limits, 
diplomatic, 
unconventional 
and enthusiastic
of the responsible :)


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







05 December 2014

Snippets


"Let the person do.
We support you completely." :)




Authenticity


Honest, 
credible, 
unpretentious, 
sincere, 
ethical, 
trustworthy 
and dependable 
of the mature :)



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








A Little Story


Lighthearted meal on a cool day. 
As we grow older, 
we learn to treasure 
these careless moments 
more and more... 
Immensely thankful for 
such precious friendships :)






04 December 2014

Snippets


"I'll let you know when I fall asleep."
"Funny." :D




Proactive Creativity


Strategic, 
forward thinking, 
innovative, 
creative, 
reflective, 
above 
and beyond 
of the good :)


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



03 December 2014

Snippets


 Durian and durian puffs. Tiah tiah  



"Yes, I will." :)
"Thank you." :)

Enjoy. Be safe :)




Grateful


“Let us be grateful 
to the people 
who make us happy; 
they are the charming gardeners 
who make our souls blossom.” 

Marcel Proust :)




A Little Story


National Library Board had just sent another reminder. 
Their first request was received years ago,
followed by yearly requests and reminders.
They would like to archive this blog as well.

I thanked them but I declined.
I am very touched and honoured.
I am very thankful and grateful.
But I declined.


This blog will always remain my treasure :)






02 December 2014

Snippets


"I know. She knows. They know."
"I don't know lah. HaHa!"



Choice


"A choice, 
not a mistake. 
A choice that 
opened up my eyes, 
and the eyes of others. 
I wish you well 
and happiness. 
Because 
happiness is a choice. 
I choose to be happy 
and I am. 
Truly." 

~ Author Unknown :)



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




In Moments Like These


There was a very bright flash of lightning and a very loud booming thunder near our balcony at about 4:57am yesterday. 

I had just collected the laundry from the balcony with a metal pole about five minutes earlier.

It was indeed a very, very close shave. I trembled. I shivered.




01 December 2014

Snippets


On the final page of 2014 calender... :)




Default


"If we want to start 
or to continue doing 
what we love, 
then we can never get 
too comfortable 
or complacent. 
The default equilibrium point 
is to be paid to do 
whatever our employer, 
customers or funders 
want us to do. 
Unless we make 
a consistent effort 
to get good, 
get known, 
and get lucky, 
external forces will 
inevitably pull us back 
to that default." 

~ Philip Guo :)



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




30 November 2014

Snippets


The very lovely weather... :)





Managing Ourselves


"Ignore our weaknesses 
and keep improving our strengths. 
In identifying opportunities for improvement, 
don’t waste time cultivating skill areas 
where we have little competence. 
Instead, concentrate on
—and build on our strengths." 

~ Pete Drucker :)




29 November 2014

Snippets


WON
OWO
NOW

:)



Accolades


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




28 November 2014

Snippets


 Cheese cake. Tiah tiah  




Ask


When in doubt, 
ask. 
Ask our colleagues 
how we can best help them. 
Most importantly, 
be sure to follow up 
and keep our word 
by doing what we say 
we are going to do :)




In Moments Like These


"Daddy found Mama's missing wedding band just now. 
HaHa! So happy! Love U! :) "

"Wowowowowow!!!!!"




27 November 2014

Snippets


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 :)