"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! :)
"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?" :)
"You look very nice in red especially on an auspicious occasion." I shared with a dear friend in October 2013. Most of the time she loves to be in complete black. This is perfectly fine with me on normal days. Without any expectation from her, she has been using at least one item in red whenever she posed for photos now. My eyes teared upon realising that she takes my words seriously :)
"We can’t control what other people say or do. We can’t control how people treat us, what they believe in, or how much they believe in us. We can’t force anyone to reciprocate our effort. We can’t force people to like us, dedicate their time, or accept who we authentically are. We can’t make people who are committed to maintaining a narrow set of beliefs, understand our pain, validate our feelings, or acknowledge our experiences. But we can control how we respond to other people and how we treat ourselves. We can choose to internalize other people’s judgement and allow their opinions to become our truth. Or we can decide that their beliefs aren't a reflection on us and don’t have to discount our worth. No matter how people treat us, we can choose to treat ourselves with compassion and kindness. No matter how many people disapprove of us, we can choose to celebrate ourselves and embrace who we are. No matter who doubts us and denies our capability, we can choose to believe in ourselves." ~ Cathy Greek :) * This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)
We have not met our former optician for more than five years. He is working in another sector now. "Hi Audrey!" He called out upon bumping into my hubby and I over the weekend. He was walking around the mall with his toddler son. "How come he still remembers you?" My hubby asked me. I replied "HaHa! Who is your wife?" :)
There was a fatal accident at a construction site near my home in mid November last year. The description of the victim was published in the media. My heart did not feel good upon reading it. It matched the gentleman who was always near the entrance to the site as he briefed his team of colleagues. I have to walk past this site on my way to the subway station and neighbourhood mall. Since the accident, I did not see the particular gentleman anymore. I felt uneasy. Until one day last week. My face bloomed into a wide smile upon seeing the gentleman briefing his colleagues again :)
As I was visiting the farms on Farmville last evening, the number of PM on my FB increased quickly over a few minutes. I thought it was the usual vibrant group chat among my former secondary school friends. Then I clicked on the PM button. My heart said, "OH! PP!" It was indeed a very pleasant surprise to hear from her across the miles. Our conversation carried on until today. Perhaps it's time for me to be on WhatsApp... :)
"I hope you're happy Now that you're choosing this I hope it brings you bliss I really hope you get it And you don't live to regret it I hope you're happy in the end I hope you're happy, my friend: So if you care to find me Look to the western sky! As someone told me lately: 'Ev'ryone deserves the chance to fly!' And if I'm flying solo At least I'm flying free To those who'd ground me Take a message back from me Tell them how I am Defying gravity I'm flying high Defying gravity And soon I'll match them in renown! And nobody in all of Oz No Wizard that there is or was Is ever gonna bring me down! I hope you're happy! Look at her, she's wicked! Get her! Bring me down! No one mourns the wicked So we've got to bring her Down!" ~ From the video Defying Gravity :)
On almost every weekday, for the past eleven days, yours truly had been travelling to two suburbs away and beyond, because the favourite bakery in the next suburb was closed temporarily. It was an opportunity to visit some of the new malls :)
Ever since the final week of last year I seldom ventured online. Just logged onto Farmville (Hee!), updated the daily snippets a bit, surfed around for a little while, then logged out again. The newspapers are more interesting. The nature is more inviting. This blog can take care of itself since the daily noon posts have been scheduled until March 2017 and the daily snippets until mid next month. See you around! Take care :)
Despite the country's wealth and economic success, immigration is a hot-button issue in Switzerland where the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) has long blamed rising rents, crowded public transport and higher crime on an influx of foreigners.
"When you need to replace your current cell phone, could you try to get a simple smartphone?" :) I had just requested a very dear friend. We had been using land lines to phone each other. The calls are not cheap. But it is money well spent. 6215 km away for the past 3 decades. Calling each other a few times every year.
"Happy New Year, Auntie! :))) May I join you?" "Hey hi! My pleasure." It was one of the very rare occasions when I was having lunch alone at this place yesterday when someone greeted me excitedly. We had not met for quite some time. For the next hour, the person shared a lot with me. I am very happy to be there at that time to provide a listening ear. Til we bump into each other again since I seldom go there...
Saw a very lovely handbag in 2011. Saw another equally lovely handbag last year. Missed both of them now. They were sold out when I returned to the shops. Note to self: Buy immediately when I chance upon another equally lovely handbag again. HaHa!
Put my cell phone on silent mode almost every night. Woke up in the middle of one night. Found a missed call and a text message. Who? What? raced across my mind. Some unpleasant seconds before I knew the answers :)
Yesterday 11am - Too sunny to do my groceries 3pm - Drizzling 5pm - Heavy downpour. Braved the heavy rain without thunder to do my groceries with an umbrella. Today 11am - Very sunny. Did my groceries with my faithful flowery umbrella. 3pm - Heavy downpour.
All the stupid mistakes which we had made in the past, lead us into the person whom we are today. Never regret them :) * This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)
It is only the third day of the year. And there are already a few momentous seconds that have happened. A full YUMMY! when I ate one of the most delicious cheese tarts in the whole wide world. So happy with you! A big WOW! when I discovered who the sound guy was at the NYE countdown in Marina Bay. So proud of you! A huge HUH! when I was asked a question that made me answered "HaHa! Not yet lah!" So tickled by you! More to come :)
Live in the moment as often as we can. Embrace all the thoughts and feelings and dreams that we have. If we want it, go for it. If it makes us sad, let it go. Learn to be led by our own emotions and instincts, and not be led by the community’s expectations of us :) * This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)
"Learn to see ourselves through the eyes of the people who love us, and not through the eyes of the people whom we love. That way, we shall stop trying to meet unattainable expectations. But more than that, we shall learn for ourselves that people love us for who we are, along with all our flaws and shortcomings." ~ Author Unknown :) * This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)