6.30.2009

4 in the morning

It is almost 4 in the morning, and I can't seem to sleep. What's wrong with me. I've been up all night, and I'm not even the slightest bit tired. I seriously need to change my sleeping pattern. It's almost like it's adjusted to Singapore's timing.. yet again. I want to go for a run. At this hour you ask? Yeah a little crazy. I think Sueann could be my running buddy if she was here, or if I were there. Ugh, why can't I sleep?

6.29.2009

A_Cross // the_EARTH: Tear Down The Walls ♥

I love this album. There's quite a few songs that really speak out for me. One of them being Oh you bring. Some of my favourites from this album, would have to be Freedom is here, Tear down the walls, Oh you bring, and You hold me now. (this song reminds me Chris Tomlin for some reason) The new album definitely has a new edge to it, slightly different from their previous albums.. but then again Hillsong never fails to bring something new to the table. Definitely try and pick this album up if you can! It's worth the listen.

6.27.2009

Peek inside my closet

OUTFIT POST #2
It's been awhile since I've done one of these. But they're always fun. I found this top while window shopping with Gabrielle the other day. And surprisingly, I found it at UB, which is not where I would usually shop at. But hey, there's a first for everything right? It is a coral toga inspired top/dress. The first thing i fell in love with was the colour. Looks good on an Asian skin tone, like mine. The colour is gorgeous. The top/dress, could actually be a dress as well. It definitely looks cute both ways. I had scrunched it up a little from the back so that it would make a top. This works because there is an elastic band that's right on the waist area. The sleeves are also ruffled, which adds a nice detail to it. This top was SUCH a steal. I got it for $15, on sale, from the originally priced $29.90. It also comes in black, which I thought made a cute LBD for any special formal occasion. The shorts, I had gotten from Abercrombie & Fitch during the Seattle trip. They're just regular cotton khaki coloured shorts. great for summer, and it also makes a great basic that pairs up with literally everything. And last but not least, the gladiator inspired heels from Spring. Goes great with most outfits. Also another staple in my closet. I had worn these for Prom, and even though they seem pretty high, (can't really tell in the pictures, but it's approximately 4 inches.) They're actually quite comfortable because there's a platform for these shoes. Style + comfort is the way to go ladies! But yeah this is pretty much what I wore today, minus my Talula Babaton cashmere cardi, and my gladiator sandals. (I switched the heels because I know I wouldn't last a 5 hour event walking around in those) Let me know what you think of the outfit : )

Oh and pictures from Friday's BBQ can be found here

6.25.2009

The real little Nyonya



(Peranakan-styled homes back in the day)

I've always had an interest in my family background, especially on my mom's side. This interest took a turn for the high when I caught the Ch.8 drama series, " The Little Nyonya ". Being born into a Peranakan family, I've been fortunate enough to experience the culture of the Nyonyas, and the Babas. For those of you who don't know, Peranakans are known as the "Straits born Chinese", whereby the men are called "Baba" and the women "Nyonya". Well it really got me thinking to how life was back then, and how traditions and customs were being passed down from our ancestors. I've always heard stories (along with her boxload of photos) from my mama about life then, but it was such an eye opener to see it on TV. And the food ! Omg don't get me started. Babi ponteh, bua kualak, rempah udang, and all the kuehs. Seriously the list just goes on. And for those of you who have tried my mama's cooking, you would know exactly what I'm talking about. Over the years, I've never bothered to notice how much work went into cooking those dishes.. and honestly, I never cared enough to want to learn either. We have 3 Peranakan women left in our generation, but one is way too young to learn, and Jo and I don't really have the patience to. But as of late, I've been so highly motivated to learn about the culture. I've read books about it, and I've also called my mama up to ask her about the culture. And today, I've spent almost the entire day going through the pile of pictures locked away in my basement. Even though they're just pictures.. they truly do speak a thousand words.



The gorgeous kebabyas, kasut manik (beaded shoes), and the beautiful hand-painted plates and cutlery. Maybe when I have the time, I'll scan them and post them up on this blog. At this point, I really, really would love to visit Malacca. It is after all, the hometown of my great grand-mother, and where the Peranakan culture was born. I definitely would want to visit our old peranakan styled homes, and the boutiques that still carry items from this culture. I guess sometimes we don't notice what we have, unless it's right smack in our faces eh. But I'm so excited for this, cause' it opens another chapter in my life, and brings me closer to my mama. I truly do miss her. I miss how she'd cook all these dishes, how she'd tell me stories about the past.. how she'd show me her collection of kebayas, and say that those shall one day be mine.

6.24.2009

Droplets

All i hear is raindrops,
falling on the rooftop.



Where is my summer? The sun has been M.I.A these past few days, and I miss it. The awful weather has turned me into a movie junkie this past week. I've seen Hangover, YearOne, and the highly anticipated Transformers. I have to say.. Hangover was my favorite out of the 3. (jokes aside please) Followed by transformers, and then YearOne. I guess it was because Hangover managed to make me laugh the most. I don't know how many times I LOL'd during the movie. It is however, SUCH a guy's movie. It's the typical guys night in movie with the beer + wings combo. Hilarious movie nonetheless. Moving on to Transformers.. I wasn't blown away by this movie. I liked it, but it was just alright. I'm sure the guys would agree with me on this though when I say the opening scene for Megan Fox was hot. Girls fixing cars in denim shorts never get old hey? Anyways, the special effects were amazing and truly out there, and there were some funny scenes.. but, the movie did drag on for a bit too long I felt. I guess to sum it up, you can say it's the perfect jam packed action summer flick. Seriously though, there are waaay too many movies I would love to watch this summer. Some of them include G.I JOE, UP in 3D, Public Enemies, The proposal, and 2012.

What are some of the movies that you guys are anticipating to watch this Summer?

6.21.2009

Beautiful Seed

You placed the stars in the sky,
and you know them by name.
You are amazing, God.


He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And He hears me when I call

These two songs have been pressing on my heart for awhile now. Ironically enough, I've heard it both at praise and worship this week. I love Passion's cover for He knows my name. I guess what I loved about hearing these two songs this past week, is the fact that it tied in to the sermon today. I find it amazing how, despite all our flaws, our mistakes, and our sins, that God always forgives, and loves us unconditionally. He also knows us inside out. Whatever we do, our every thought, our next move, and how our life is going to be. Even though we have goals that we set out for ourselves, and plan our lives out, ultimately it's God's purpose that prevails. All we need to do really, is trust in Him, and that he will provide. I know I may doubt that from time to time, and get impatient, but at the end of the day.. I remind myself that I need to have faith in God, as He knows what's best for me.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land, and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him. (Psalm 37:3-5, 7a)

Oh and..
happy belated babygirl
I love you, and will always be here for you no matter what.


6.20.2009

Photowalk and the Summer of possibilities

TGIF? Or thank God it was Friday. So yesterday I had quite the relaxing, and enjoyable Friday. Early wake-up call? + free drinks & photography? Thanks Andrew! Followed by worship = mission @ BHLC, which I might add was pretty good. Another full day ahead today. Should be fun, jam fest + birthdays? Sounds like it'll be a good day. So, on another note.. now that I'm out of school.. I have somewhat of a break, before I actually get back to working regularly and school, full time. However.. I seem to find myself still in "school-mode". Ironic eh? Considering I couldn't wait to get out of school. But now that I'm out.. I'm not used to it. It'll probably take some getting used to, and adjusting, but as for now, I miss having something regular to do everyday. I still find myself jampacking my weekends, because I keep thinking I'll have school when weekday comes. Despite all that, I'm excited for school either in the fall or early next year. I'm finally able to expand my knowledge with what I'm truly passionate about, and see where that will take me. Summer of endless possibilities? I think so.







6.19.2009

Need to move along

I just don't understand why you're doing all of this. Is it supposed to mean something? You tell me.

6.17.2009

The R word

Relationships. Now this has been the talk of the week, with the numerous conversations I've had with other people. Whether it was about me, someone else's significant other, or just about relationships in general, the talks have been nothing but an eye opener. Now I've been in a couple of relationships myself, and I have to say that throughout the years, I've learned quite a lot about it. From the honeymoon stages to the arguments, I've been there done that. I'm no relationship expert, but I believe that I am pretty knowledgeable when it comes to that department. Although sometimes.. I can't seem to take my own advice. But what really stood out for me though, in these conversations these past few days, is the fact that once a relationship is over and done with, the people we were once so much in love with, and were close to.. become strangers. Back to square one. It's almost like you never knew them at all. You lose touch with what's going on in their lives, how they're doing, and everything else in between. And to think that at some point they were everything you knew eh? I think that's the saddest part about a relationship that did not work out. It is the inevitable path that both parties are on to become strangers. It's funny how that works. You start off as strangers, only to become strangers again later on in life. It's sad, and unfortunately, as couples, we all have to go through that at some point in our lives. Maybe if you're lucky enough, you never have to. obviously, this is not the case for all relationships. This is just one side to it. If both parties are mature about it, and still want to be in each other's lives because you realize that the friendship is much more important to you, then maybe you wouldn't end up being much of a stranger. But for the most part, even if you somewhat still want to be a part of their lives, you end up losing touch eventually. The occasional phonecall or message still stands, but there comes a point in time where that will slowly be gone as well. This is one of the first blog posts I've written, I think, that is entirely about relationships. Just something that's been on my mind lately, which gave me something to blog about lol.

6.16.2009

Roll with the changes

I love moments in life where the little things can turn into something so much more adventurous. Today was one of those days. an early morning wake-up call, and the hike at Lynn Valley, I couldn't ask for a better day. The spectacular views, the cool weather, and everything nature has to offer. Not to mention Starbucks, the so-called picnic + our cosmo magazines. I'm kind of disappointed I didn't bring even my point & shoot, but it's all good. Days like these are what make a lifetime of memories. This is just the beginning of summer, so I'm pretty excited for what these next few months will hold. Camping, fam camp, Harrison's, bonfires + my babygirl is finally coming to Vancouver !! (after much persuasion and hour long talks eh babe?) I think this is the first summer that I'll actually be in Vancouver throughout. Sometimes home is where it's at, right?

I thought this was cute, so I shall end my post with it.



6.14.2009

Conversations halfway across the world

Because I've seen Your light
You bring my world to life.




It's sunday night, and really.. I should be studying, but I've taken many " breaks " over the past few hours instead lol. I've had quite the weekend. Had it's ups and downs.. but everything fell into place in the end. Oh, and I've officially found a new fav hangout. The convention center at waterfront! It's beautiful, and truly showcases why Vancouver is the place to be. It's a good date place as well. (hint) You guys should check it out if you have the time.



On another note, I had quite a good chat with Martin today. (although he was half awake..) It went from relationships, to pure nonsense. Haha. But yeah, I think my love life will be on a hiatus for now. I seem to have liked the wrong guys as of late. Some maybe I regret more so than others, but I guess I learn from it. I wish dating wasn't this complicated, and guys weren't so hard to read. (I'm pretty sure the guys who are reading this right now are rolling their eyes at me lol) Maybe it's just me? Who knows.

6.10.2009

This Summer will be an epic one

Now that school has come to an end, and I have some free time before I get back to school again, it's time to finally start enjoying my summer! Ain't nothing like them Summer Nights eh? Here's my Summer to-do list for 2009.

  • Organize a BBQ at the beach, or a park. I miss these. I haven't had one in awhile, and it's always tons of fun whenever we do it. Add water fights onto that ; )
  • Atving it up in Whistler !! TONS of fun. The view after is worth it.
  • Outdoor photography. It's perfect for that. Can't wait for the nature + beach shots. I love how the sun makes everything look so beautiful in pictures.
  • Go on a camping trip to Tofino. Being on the beach during sunrises and sunsets never get old. Plus, the weather is always cool. Kim, Andrew, Melanie, are you up for it?
  • Sea-wall it up. I can't blade :( .. So biking will have to do for now. Ice-cream after that sounds about right.
  • The beach. Summer screams this. Whether it be a BBQ, volleyball, tanning, relaxing, or football.. it's always a hot spot for these activities. I've already been to kits twice within the past few weeks, and it's only the beginning. Remember me + my pink nike football? It's that time of the year again guys!
  • Bonfires ! Sitting on our towels late at night and telling stories, or having our heart to heart talks. Nonetheless, those were some pretty epic times.
  • Backyard movie nights. These were awesome.. now all we need is a projector and a screen.
  • Watersports anyone? Harrison's + Cultus here I come. Ski do's and wake boarding is a must try for the summer.
  • Last but not least, Summer shopping! Who can resist the sales and the gorgeous maxi dresses? And for guys, cargo shorts + polo it up ! This is also the flip flops season, so start wearing them : )

    What are your summer plans ?
  • 6.09.2009

    6.08.2009

    On to bigger, better things

    Have some fire. be unstoppable.
    Chase your dreams,
    because they won't chase you.

    Tomorrow's the day where I will walk across the stage. I know it's no University graduation, but hey it marks another milestone in my life, and the beginning of a new chapter. It's a bittersweet feeling, but I'm glad to be done. All those years of "hard" work, and minimal play somewhat paid off. I guess it'll finally kick in tomorrow that we're done guys. Grads of 09', it's our time to shine. Peace out Windermere! This girl is outta here.

    6.07.2009

    The hair affair

    long vs. short?



    What do you guys think?

    Grad 09', so damn fine


    So I finally have the time to blog about PROM. Yes prom, supposedly one of the best nights of our lives. And it sure lived up to that title. Everyone looked amazingly beautiful, and the guys, very studly I might add. The morning started off with the makeup and hair process, done by the amazing Jen! (thanks again Jen, you made us look so good.) That followed by us girls fooling around with the webcam, and chilling at my house. We then headed over to Queen Elizabeth Park for pictures, and then Pan Pacific soon after for the dinner & dance. The food was good, and dessert was sinfully delish. And the dance floor? DJ Supafly was there keepin' it real, and we tore it up. (yes DJ Supafly from the beat 94.5!) Throughout the whole night, I took breaks here and there. And during those breaks, I had such good talks with friends who I've drifted apart from, or gotten closer over the past few months. I guess that is one of the perks of grad night. Nothing else matters. All the hate, the drama, and the unwanted memories are put aside for that moment.. and all you really want to do is have fun, and be with these people for one last night. Even though I'll only end up keeping in touch with the few, I know I'm going to miss my graduating class. They've made high school what it was throughout these 5 years. 5 years is definitely a long time. I've learned quite a bit from my friends, and definitely the teachers. They've taught me more than I needed to know haha. Life lessons anyone? Lol. This is it. We're done guys. It's kind of sad that I won't see some of the familiar faces around the halls anymore, but it's time to move forward. Ultimately, I just wish them all the best in their future endeavours, and hope the best for them. This is it grads of 09'. Thanks for the memories.

    View my Prom pictures here

    Beach bums

    Today was a rather relaxing day. Hit up the beach w/ the girls, and well.. the conversations were hilarious. What happens at the beach, stays at the beach, right girls? Good times! I shall blog about Prom another time, since I'm pretty tired, and the prom post will be a long one. But here are some pictures from today.








    6.04.2009

    5 years ago

    Today was the Grad BBQ, and also the day that we finally receive the grade 8 letters we wrote to ourselves. And.. I'm not going to post all of it up on this blog, simply because.. it's embarrassing. I sound completely stupid and very much like a blonde. (in my opinion anyways) Then again, I was 13 at the time. Here's sniplets of it :

    "The thought of what will happen is soo exciting. Like I mean it's like a movie about your life just waiting to happen."

    " Thank you me for being me." (LOLOL.. Seriously I just about died from laughter reading this part.)

    " I hope I'll still be a Grad of 09" (HAHA..)

    Anyways, to end this off.. Here are some pictures from today. Didn't take much as I was busy with the grad gifts.








    6.03.2009

    Unreal

    Practically a day before Prom.. Are you kidding me?

    6.02.2009

    The big day

    Before the Big Day on Friday.

  • Get nails done Thanks bro
  • Dry clean dress
  • Help Kathy burn 200 CDs?
  • Get cash out from the bank for cab + makeup artist

    Gaaah, not ready :(

    & Saturday : Can't wait, it's a surprise. I'm sure some of you know what I'm talking about. it's time for a change!

  • Another milestone reached

    Today marks the final week of my high school life. Can I say that I'm excited? Sure, but I'm sure going to miss the little bits & pieces of it. Prom in 3, and I'm pretty stoked. I finally got everything I needed, THE WEEK OF PROM. But hey, last minute shopping sure has it perks. Grad BBQ in 2, and I'll get the long awaited letter. Get ready for some laughter. The GRADS of 09' board also came in today, which i guess, really hit us that we're actually graduating :( So anyways, on another note.. I was part of a jury for a mock trial today, and I surprisingly had tons of fun. Hello bonus marks ;) But yeah, the Grade 8s doing the trial are sure very energetic and loud.. More so than we were at Grade 8. They were actually really different than how our batch was then. And this.. takes me back to how much I've changed over the years. I mean in Grade 8, we were so innocent and pretty well-behaved. I was pretty quiet then as well, but that all changed in grade 9. I went blonde (literally), did some things I probably wouldn't have now, and partied like there's no tomorrow lol. That phase carried on throughout the next few years, and finally.. After YC07', everything changed. I guess I grew up. And slowly, I emerged out of that phase, and everything seemed to finally fall into place. I realized that there's so much more to having fun than partying all the time, and doing the things that I did. I'm actually really grateful to Rachel, for bringing me to camp, and introducing me to the people at BHLC. They're truly amazing people, and some of them now, happen to be some of my closest friends. That year was truly an eye-opener for me, relationship-wise, and definitely spiritually as well. It was a step closer I took towards having a stronger relationship with God, and never looked back since. I stepped out of my comfort zone and fully commited myself to God. (no jokes lol if you knew me then, and now, you'd say I've changed quite a bit.) I guess a lot of people don't expect this from me, but what can I say? People change for the better. And I know for a fact that I have : )

    P.S I know this is totally random but, I can't wait to stock up my Summer closet with the Wilfred's Summer line & Aritzia's must-haves!