30 January 2015

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?" :)





29 January 2015

Snippets



"HaHa! Scared Scared or not?!"

"Didnt do anything wrong lah. 
Nothing to b scared." :)




Fairy Tales




No 
one 
is 
too 
old 
for 
fairy 
tales 
:)




In Moments Like These




"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 :)






28 January 2015

Snippets




"Are you on WhatsApp?"

"HaHa! No, not me, not now, at least not yet." :)




Ourselves




"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! :)




27 January 2015

Snippets




Facebook down. 

Instagram down.
Twitter explodes.

More traffic to both blogs this afternoon :)




In Moments Like These




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?" :)




Question




There comes a point in time 
when we have to realise that 
we shall never be good enough for some people. 

The question is, 

is that our problem or theirs?




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




A Little Story




After having unplugged herself for three weeks,
she emailed from a public terminal
before flying 10,545 miles home,

"I'm writing to you from Heathrow now..." :)





26 January 2015

In Moments Like These




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 :)




Snippets




Secured + Scored = Secored :)




Courage




"Courage doesn't always roar. 
Sometimes courage is the
little voice at the end of the day 
that says I'll try again tomorrow." 

~ Author Unknown :)



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




25 January 2015

In Moments Like These




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... :)





Snippets




"Guess who pm me yesterday and today?"
"Don't know."
"PP." :)
"Oh! PP! Why?" :)
"Asking about us."
"Some more?"
"Maybe..."
"I thought so too."





Water




We are like water, 
and we can never hold water in our hands :)




A Little Story



A friend uploaded this video on Facebook:



"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 :)








In Moments Like These




"It's very easy to enter into your good book. 
However, after having given many chances, 
once a person is in your bad book, it's forever."


You know me so well... :)





24 January 2015

Snippets




"How are you, lieve zus?"

"Me is fine (Singapore's English). HaHa! 
I'm fine. I miss you (((HUGS))) 
How are you, Lieve Zus?"




Untold Story




Like faint pencil markings
on a brown sheet of paper,
it is an untold story between us :)



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




23 January 2015

A Little Story




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 :)




Snippets




 heart emoticon Petrol vouchers. Tiah tiah heart emoticon
 




Shape




We are no longer the person before. 
Experiences shape people,
we might be changed forever :)



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


A Little Story




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 :)




22 January 2015

Snippets




  heart emoticon Cheese tarts. Tiah tiah heart emoticon 




Places




Places are to memories 
what names are to people :)



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




21 January 2015

Snippets




"If it's busuk, means expired alr."
"So, are u expired?"
"WEI!" :D




Switzerland




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.



20 January 2015

Snippets



"Hey! Teet teet ah!"
"Huh? Really ar?" :)




Planning




Planning is as much an art as a science. 
What will make a difference 
is always bearing in mind the needs of users :)




19 January 2015

Snippets




"Before midnight my local time."

HaHa! The beautiful complexity 
in the vastly different time zones :)




Older




As we grow older, 
our Christmas list gets shorter, 
because the things which we want 
cannot be bought :)





18 January 2015

Snippets




Thank you so much for the 
very meaningful telephone call just now :)




Happiness




Saying yes to happiness 
means learning to say no 
to things and people 
that stress us out :)





A Little Story




"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.





17 January 2015

Snippets




"It's someone's WOW! day but my OMG! day."
"HaHa! Why so dramatic?"





Sometimes




"Sometimes 
the questions are complicated 
and the answers are simple." 

~ Dr Seuss :)





A Little Story




Last week...


Someone's neighbour left her mobile phone at the gate.

Someone's child left her mobile phone at work.

The same someone said to someone
"Wow! So smart. So handsome."





16 January 2015

Snippets



"Kawan hv u done e personality test?"
"Ya. I m weird istj. HaHa!"



Focus




Focus more on the 
positive things in life 
and leave any negativity 
at the door :)




15 January 2015

A Little Story



Heard this very catchy song over the radio this evening :)



"Go West"

Come on, come on, come on, come on

(Together) We will go our way
(Together) We will leave someday
(Together) Your hand in my hands
(Together) We will make our plans

(Together) We will fly so high
(Together) Tell all our friends goodbye
(Together) We will start life new
(Together) This is what we'll do

(Go West) Life is peaceful there
(Go West) In the open air
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West) This is what we're gonna do

(Go West, this is what we're gonna do, Go West)

(Together) We will love the beach
(Together) We will learn and teach
(Together) Change our pace of life
(Together) We will work and strive

(I love you) I know you love me
(I want you) How could I disagree?
(So that's why) I make no protest
(When you say) You will do the rest

(Go West) Life is peaceful there
(Go West) In the open air
(Go West) Baby you and me
(Go West) This is our destiny (Aah)

(Go West) Sun in wintertime
(Go West) We will do just fine
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West, this is what we're gonna do)

There where the air is free
We'll be (We'll be) what we want to be (Aah aah aah aah)
Now if we make a stand (Aah)
We'll find (We'll find) our promised land (Aah)

(I know that) There are many ways
(To live there) In the sun or shade
(Together) We will find a place
(To settle) Where there's so much space

(Without rush) And the pace back east
(The hustling) Rustling just to feed
(I know I'm) Ready to leave too
(So that's what) We are gonna do

(What we're gonna do is
Go West) Life is peaceful there
(Go West) There in the open air
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West) This is what we're gonna do

(Life is peaceful there)
Go West (In the open air)
Go West (Baby, you and me)
Go West (This is our destiny)

Come on, come on, come on, come on

(Go West) Sun in wintertime
(Go West) We will feel just fine
(Go West) Where the skies are blue
(Go West) This is what we're gonna do

(Come on, come on, come on)
(Go West)

(Go West)
(Go, ooh, go, yeah)
(Go West)
(Go, ooh, go, yeah)
(Go West)
(Go, ooh, go, yeah)
(Go West)
(Go, ooh, go, yeah)
(Gimme a feelin')
(Gimme a feelin')
(Go West)
(Gimme a feelin')
(Gimme a feelin')
(Go West)
(Gimme a feelin')
(Gimme a feelin')

Snippets




"Didn't see or couldn't see?"
"Nothing to see lah." :D





Be




Be smart
Be charming
Be kind
Be sincere
Be silly
Be fabulous
Be happy :)




In Moments Like These




"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...








A Little Story



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!




14 January 2015

Snippets




The message.
The photo.
The questions.
I sleep... :)





Intellectual




Is she missing the intellectual conversations with her old friends?
No one person can satisfy all her needs, not even her children.

Oh well... :)




13 January 2015

Snippets




"Wow! There is a H n M in yr territory Kawan."
"Are u still ard here now?"




Rewards




Reward ourselves 
for all the hard work 
which we are putting in. 
According to the 
theory of motivation, 
the best results 
are achieved 
when rewards are intrinsic :)




12 January 2015

Snippets




"Yr mandarin has improved."
"Hee! Just learnt pen and nose in Mandarin."




Perseverance




"In the confrontation 
between the stream and the rock, 
the stream always wins. 
Not through strength 
but by perseverance." 

~ H. Jackson Brown :)




11 January 2015

Snippets



To love and be loved :)




Loved and Loving




“Being deeply loved by someone 
gives us strength, 
while loving someone deeply 
gives us courage.”  

~ Lao Tzu :) 




10 January 2015

Snippets




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 :)




Small Change




Small change 
is not overwhelming. 
It is very doable. 
The success rate 
of small changes 
over time 
is much higher 
than that 
of big changes 
all at once :)




09 January 2015

Snippets


"High voice or low voice?"
"No voice."
"No lah." :)



Goals


Goals require 
a lot of small steps. 
Small changes 
that will have 
a big impact over time :)




08 January 2015

Snippets



"Who likes waiting? Not me. HaHa! Hi Lieve Zus!"
"I don't. Grin." :)



Learn



Give 
love, 
and 
learn 
to 
accept 
love 
:)





07 January 2015

Snippets


Beaming with joy.
Leaping with joy.

Beam + Leap = Beap

Beaping with joy.

HaHa! My Engrish :D




A Little Story



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.



Lesson learnt yesterday. Very glad today :)





Sometimes


Sometimes,
a picture paints a thousand words.

Sometimes,
a word of encouragement means so much more :)





06 January 2015

Snippets


Two missed calls from Latvia. Strange.




Hold On



"In 2015,
hold on to what grows us,
inspires us,
encourages us,
or blesses us.
Let the rest go."

~ Mandy Hale :)






05 January 2015

Snippets


"She has her own car?"
"HaHa! Drives Daddy's car."
"Daddy's little girl! A Father's love." 




Beautiful


So 
many 
things 
become 
beautiful 
when 
we 
really 
look 
:)




04 January 2015

Snippets



"We r d best phone pal Audrey. 
Know wad is urgent/just 4 laugh/air out steam. 
Give ourselves a pat. 
Hooray!" :)




Mistakes




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! :)





03 January 2015

In Moments Like These



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 :)



Snippets



"What's J. Co?" 
"What's Krispy Kreme?"
"Yummilicious!" :)




Live




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! :)




02 January 2015

Snippets



     Cheese tarts. Tiah tiah      



Learn




"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! :)