‘Tis the Season

The Christmas decorations are out and everywhere I go carols are playing 🙂  I love Christmas, not only because as a Catholic it’s an important religious holiday but because Christmas has become synonymous with the spirit of giving and love.  Everyone feels a little kinder around this time of the year.  Maybe it’s all in my head but I’ll take what I get, enjoy it all before this year is over and 2014 beckons :p

I chanced upon this ad which is about a friendship between hare and a bear at Christmas.  In reality, the bear may have had the hare for brunch but it’s the Christmas season!!

It may be make believe but I love how the imagination of creators bring to life situations that make me feel all warm and fuzzy.  I especially love how old technology and new technology is used to make this ad possible.  With computer graphics making everything possible, we sometimes forget how an old school ‘handmade’ background enables a tactile feel to the look.  It’s such subtleties that draws me in and see more than just an ad.

May this Christmas season be filled with everything you imagine made possible!!

Last Month of 2011

I can’t quite believe it’s December.  Last year this time, my life was quite in a different place.  Something I bet I’ll still say this time next year.  That’s just it, life, it’ll keep evolving.  The tough times are as temporary as the joyous one.  Sounds a tad cynical … maybe.  The flip side, as I grit my teeth and slide through tough days knowing that they are transient, I will treasure the joyous ones and not take them for granted.

From today, I’m focussing on the happy time of Christmas.  My goal this year is to remember that it’s about the gift of love and try not to get sucked up by the commercial-ness of the season 🙂

That said, got to get to Christmas shopping 🙂

U2

It’s been a while since my last post and even longer since I last went to a concert.  So this Christmas Eve, as I’m sitting in the cool AC of my parent’s Perth home, I can’t help but realise how fortunate I am 🙂 Especially when a couple of of good friends and I decided on a whim. a couple of months ago, to try and get tickets for U2…  and actually got to enjoy it together!!

Like I said it’s been a long while since my last concert :p Yes, concert going in your 30s isn’t typical and I’m so so so glad it was a U2 one 🙂  They were impressive, to say the least.  With songs from Rattle and Hum, Achtung Baby and The Joshua Tree bringing back memories from a seemingly long time ago … the concert itself got me remembering about waking up with the fire in your belly, with purpose and not live life like the living dead.  There’s quite a bit that has been happening … a lot to think about … a lot to plan for … a lot to be grateful for so 2011 is going to be an interesting year.  I think, I say that every year but I’m sure of some changes that’s coming up so we’ll just have to wait and see if my choices are stacked up the way I hope they will be.

Meanwhile, as I relish the memories of U2, have a very Merry Christmas and here’s the warmest wishes to you and your family for beautiful 2011.

P/S: Don’t you just love the Lomo app of the iPhone :p Yep, with no camera of my own, all my U2 pics were taken off my very wonderful phone!!

It’s Snowing in NYC

And it snowed the WHOLE day on Wednesday. To be honest, it was nice to be inside and watch the snow come down. There’s something about snow that reminds you about Christmas and the thing about Christmas is that, you can’t help but feel happy when you think about it 🙂

That’s me in winter. The left is what I’m told is my tourist look and the right is what I look like for meetings … coz we know it’s hard enough to take me seriously and my pink scarf won’t help 😛

So we did brave the snow for lunch and all we made it for was ONE little block.

Yes, we thought, “What the heck? We’re here only for a couple of days.” So yes, we brave the blizzard for lunch and that we did 🙂

I always knew I love being inside while a thunderstorm is raging outside, now I know, I love it as much if it’s a snow storm too 🙂 That said, I’m not sure I can last longer than a week in NYC winters :p

Meanwhile, as you and your family sit down for a steamboat reunion dinner, think about us lone Singaporeans in freezing NYC and send us some warm thoughts 🙂 Happy happy CNY everyone!!!

Christmas in January

After 7 long weeks, my dear husband is back!!  We’ve been apart longer than that before but since we’ve been married, this is the longest ever.  The great thing about love ones going away is when they come home and the best bit are the pressies, they bring home 🙂

A big THANK YOU *with hugs and kisses* to my Canadian family for all the lovely pressies 🙂  I can’t wait to eat/use/wear them!!!  And an even bigger thanks to my dear husband who had a slight airport debacle with the lovely moisturizer my Mum-in-law bought me.  You see the bottle with the purple top in the background?  What happen was that the lovely pressie was all wrapped up and he had no clue what was in it so he didn’t pack it in his check in luggage but in his carry on.

We all know now that airport security, especially those in North America is insane about liquids so as he went through security, they made him unwrap the pressie and told him nope, no exception for the Singapore wife.  He had to ditch it or check it in.  The thing was he had already checked in his luggage.  So for a split second, my husband was going to ditch the lovely moisturizer but the thoughtful person he is, made him repack his carry on, go back out and check it in.  So the moisturizer made it all the way from Kelowna to Singapore 🙂  And I can’t wait to use it.

Not only did my husband carry all my pressies, he bought me vegan desserts!!!

Lovingly hand carried all the way back from Canada 🙂  I already had one cookie on the way back in the car … complete bliss and total yummers!!!  I love vegan desserts!!!  Wonder if I can open and run a vegan bakery in Singapore?  The only problem with that is I may eat them all the desserts before I can even sell them :p

Children and Festivities

It’s my first week in India and everyone should be getting ready to usher in the new year of the Ox.  It isn’t the first Chinese New Year I’ve missed.  Had missed a couple when I had to go back to Perth for uni but as I get older I learn to appreciate the festivities more.  It’s a time to hang out with family and friends … basically time to remember what counts in life 🙂

And last Christmas showed me what really makes the festivities more fun – CHILDREN!!  I mean they’re the ones that gets the coolest presents and without them, what excuse would we have to play with dolls that eat and poop and Lego trains 🙂

Wonder what the year of the Ox holds for me?  Since I’m born in the year of the Rabbit, it’s suppose to be a stable one but we know already, my life is filled with changes happening everywhere 🙂 so whether you believe in horoscopes or not, here’s my warmest wishes for the year of the Ox filled with loads of happines and children with cool pressies!!!

Merry Christmas!!

Christmas time is great. I say this every year and it gets more true with each one. Wonder if age has anything to do about it? I just keep getting more and more grateful with the blessings in my life, namely family and friends, without whom life would be rather sad. So this Christmas eve, like others before it, my division lets their hair down and have fun with some food and drinks.

It’s times likes these that remind me that I actually have it real good where I work. Politics is going to be everywhere and as much as I try to ignore it, there’ll be people who play only for themselves but when it comes to the people that matter, the ones I work the closest with, I’m real blessed 🙂  Here’s more pictures from our office party.

There was even entertainment!!  Thanks Daryl, you should join the next idol competition 🙂

And what’s a party without little people 😉

Hope this Christmas brings you the same joy and here’s to a fantastic holiday!!! Merry Christmas!!!

Grandmothers

Grandmas are the greatest, aren’t they? And my Mama was the best 🙂 When I was born in 1975, my Grandma’s youngest son was only 9 and I was her second grandchild, my older cousin was only about 7 months old and my other cousin was due 9 months after me. So needless to say, alone time with her then was few and far between. That was the amazing thing about my Grandma, with 5 children, 5 children-in-laws and 12 grandchildren, she still managed to makes each of us feel special.

As we all started to grow and find our own independence (for me that was went I was in Perth, Australia enjoying myself with University) she started to have more time for herself and one-on-one time with us. I was real fortunate to have had a few and some of my favourite memories of my Mama, are simple things like her waking from her sleep to make me a cup of milo after I came home real late from rehearsals or an editing session, scooping me more of her yummy sweet and sour and her comfortable hugs I sink right into.

My favourite one though was circa 1996, I was home for the summer holidays.When I came back during the holidays then, I was the official family chauffeur 🙂 So most mornings, I’d take my sister to school and my Mummy to work and usually after that, I’d go home and crash right back into bed. One morning, I decided to drop in on my Mama. She was surprise to see me so early and was a little happier than usual:-

My Mama: Did you drive?
Me: Yes (and pointing to the car)
MM: Great, you can drive me to the market.
M: Ok, Tekka?
MM: No, Pek Kio.

So there we were driving from Thomson Road towards Cambridge Road and I was thinking it’s been a while since I went marketing with my Mama. Markets aren’t my favourite places but I found myself looking forward to it. When we got there, I started to look for the carpark and my Mama told me that there’ll be no need to park. She wanted me to wait for her by the street. I remember being a little confused and thought to myself that it’s so considerate of my Mama, knowing that I’m not into wet markets. She then proceeded to tell me to wait a little further away from the market. Here’s where I got really confused. I was like ‘huh?’. I watched her get out of the car and walk away from the market, I lost her as she walked into the alley of shops.

There I was sitting in the car and wondering what my Mama was getting up to. In about 15minutes, my Mama was back bordering on gleeful. she gets back into the car and showed me little dockets from the 4D store and said to me, “Today big sweep $5million!”

It’s been 9 years today since she went back home to heaven, and I finally understand what people mean when they say. “there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of so and so.” I use to think it was a cliche statement, now I do understand. It’s strange but everyday in the most unusual and common of things, like 4D dockets or milo that I’m reminded of my Grandma, my other maternal Grandma and my Grandpa.

Mama, Gonggong and Popo, till we meet again, have a Merry Christmas!!! Love you all HEAPS.

Christmas and Wishlists

Bah humbug!!  As I’m doing the last sprint of my Christmas shopping marathon, I’m starting to go back on my opinions on wishlists.  When I’m watching American TV and it’s about a couple getting married and setting up a gift registry, I was like, “That’s just rude.”  Just my opinion.

My cousins who are growing up in Perth, Australia are known to make up lists for their birthdays and Christmas so that the presents we buy them will make them smile for sure.  I don’t know if it’s just the Asian value bits about me but I’m not sure about picking out stuff and telling people to go out and get them for me.  Let’s just say it’s not my thing at all.  So while I wouldn’t write up my own list, as a giver of presents I’m seeing the value of wishlists, especially now.

It’s a week to Christmas and the remaining 20% of presents I have to buy, I haven’t bought yet.  Soooooo wishlists would be very very helpful about now.  I’m hoping to get some time off tomorrow or Friday and get some last minute shopping done.  If not, I’m going to have to brave the crowds for the last weekend before Christmas … sigh … this is the bit about Christmas I like the least … shopping crowds who haven’t got what they want.

Wish me luck everyone and here’s hoping you’ve done all your Christmas shopping too 🙂  Ho! Ho! Ho!

Jules Is Home

That’s why I like Christmas time too coz friends who live abroad come home for their annual visits!! Welcome home Jujules!!!

This time she brought a friend along with her, Yasuko who’s now already back in Tokyo and this is a somewhat delayed post. After chicken rice, laksa, satay, goreng pisang (deep fried banana fritters), what will a good Singaporean recommend? ROTI PRATA!!

Needless to say, we over ordered, I use to think it was a problem my family suffers from.  Now, I think it’s a Singaporean thing.  Our eyes are way way bigger than our tummies.

So there we were at Casaurina Curries, totally yummy prata and mee goreng, it was made better because it was raining outside.  Nothing like a cold rainy weather for good teh and curry … yummmmmm

Yasuko enjoyed her 2 weeks in Singapore so much that she’s all ready to move here!!  Compared to Japan, especially Tokyo, I think we’re not so stressful … can you imagine that?  With the weather going to be rainy for the next couple of weeks, anyone else up for prata and teh?