Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Saturday's

It's early Saturday morning and I was awaken by Belle's barks and whines {I think she thought it was a weekday still}. So, I dragged myself out of bed {literally} and slunk downstairs. The weather then {and even now as I look out of my white lacy curtains} is gloomy and grey. Perfect for lie-ins and curling up in bed with a good book or a movie or an addictive TV show {am currently watching 'Make It or Break It', a TV series about gymnasts}. Not mumbling to an overexcited hungry beagle! Nevertheless, Belle is so adorable with her big doggy eyes that seem to be able to melt the coldest and meanest of hearts!

I remember when I was teen, my Saturday mornings revolved around the telly. I would bring my diary and my crafts material and camp out in front of the idiot box for hours. I would make myself cheese nuggets and a tall glass of something nice and just sit on a couch and watch endless cartoons and special Saturday screenings like the 'Marvelous Hour' which used to screen episodes of Spiderman cartoons. I was hooked on it for some reason. In between watching and stuffing my adolescent face with junk food, I would make cards and bookmarks and write long soppy entries in my diary about the week gone by or plans for the future or some other crush or obsession for the week. 

When I was 16 and 17, my Saturday's were spent at the shopping mall with my besties. We ate at McD's and baskin robbins, went for movies and hung out at Intencity {the IN place to be which was essentially a large arcade!} We would scout for people we knew, try on clothes we could never afford and just gossip. I loved those carefree days.

Upon entering college, my Saturday's were about catching up with assignments, working at my part time job as a waitress at a cafe and hanging out with friends. When I joined the workforce as an underpaid PR executive at a local PR consultancy, my Saturday was spent catching up on sleep. I would literally wake up in time for lunch and then just hangout with my friends. I didn't do very much in term of productivity but I guess it was just my body getting used to the working world. 

My obsession with sleeping in on Saturday's never truly went away. After quitting the underpaid executive job, my Saturday's were better. I still slept in quite often but it was not all the time. A group of my friends {also B's friends} used to organise fun things to do like excursions to waterfalls and new places. Some waterfalls and hikes were torturous for unfit me but they were all good experiences - some best not to be repeated, others stored away under 'have to visit again'. 

My Saturday's became more productive and more meaningful when I started dating B. There were so many activities that we planned to do that we could have been out from morning till nightfall. When 'Project Happily Ever After Started' and 'Project Love Nest' started, our weekends were even more compact. Catching up on sleep is something we try to do but it is not easy when you have two on-going Projects and so many hobbies you want to enjoy and indulge in. I love this new Saturday arrangements. B gets his own time to do his thing and I get time to do my own and then we meet later on in the afternoon. Saturday's are also one of Belle's bath days which is most often a good bonding session with this little girl.

The future Saturday's to come will change again I suppose. I will not be staying in this home where I have lived for almost 30 years. I will not be able to snooze in bed, just me and my pillows and soft toys and cozy comforter and a book. I would instead wake up with my husband by my side and the sounds of children {not my own just yet} laughing in our condo's swimming pool probably jolting me from a restful sleep. On the other hand, we might have to wake up early to go to the market, clean the house or do any of these grown up chores which I have so far managed to escape from for sometime now {lucky me!}.

 But on the much brighter side of things, I will have Saturday mornings in my own home, doing my own thing with B right there beside me ~ I reckon that would be just awesome. I aspire to be a domestic goddess and whip up delicious breakfasts and cakes and home cooked meals for the week ahead to be freezed and reheated when needed *smiles* One can certainly hope and work towards it! 

So it's still early Saturday morning and Belle is lounging in the living room. I will be joining her shortly and celebrating another glorious weekend {and a long one at that since Monday is a public holiday}. There is much to do today and this weekend ~ bring Belle to the vet, visit a local craft fair {where I will try not to buy things I don't need}, search for a red bride's maids dress for my brother's wedding in June, purchase some new clothes for work, edit some photos, arrange my closet and yada yada yada... the list goes on! I am hoping I get to do at the very least, a quarter of all I really want to get done. 

Here's to Saturday! Possibly the bestest day of the week!!! 

Remember: "Hoarding & Collecting is not a crime. It is an art!"  

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Green Day

Seen @ Top Home Pic

Seen @ Curbly

Seen @ Top HomePic

Green!!! Green!!! Green!!!
There is just something so refreshing about the colour green 
and I totally am in love with the green elements in the photos!
*smiles smiles*

Remember: "Hoarding & Collecting is not a crime. It is an art!" 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Green is the fresh grass in the morn
His every gaze is filled with scorn.
Blue the colour of wide open skies
His lips spew endless lies.
Yellow reminds me of the fiery sun
You are trapped there is no where to run.
Purple irises that come in bunches
Duck, you might get smacked with his punches.
Fresh blood reminds me of the colour red
Its too late now, he killed you, you are dead.
Lots and lots of pink like clouds of candy floss
Could have helped you, now you are a lost cause.

16th April 2005 was obviously a dark day for me...
Found this sad dark post in my drafts folder and thought of just posting it up. I can't really recall what triggered this post that was never posted.
 I am so glad there are no more dark clouds in sight.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Home Office Interiors #4

Seen @ Home Office Design

Whilst working on Project Love Nest, I have had the joy of thinking about the kinds of furniture to buy for our little home office/reading room/arts and crafts space. I am still getting ideas and am trying to source for items that are reasonably priced which is a difficult task {B and I have been spending heaps on getting our little Love Nest furnishes}. 

I truly enjoy going through these various home office interiors because they provide me with inspiration and this bubbly feeling in me which I believe can only be excitement!! *snickers* Here are some of my thoughts about these couple of interiors:

Photo 1: A simple black and white design which I like. I am particularly fond of the black wall and the shelf of black and white pictures. It is a very tasteful room and something that B would probably be okay with since the home office/reading room/arts and crafts space will have to be shared between the both of us. We are both fans of black and white pictures!

Photo 2: This photo is not really a home office per se. It seems more like a little nook or something but it works to keep everything tidy and in a home where space is limited, this might work. However, I am not liking the fact that there is no space for stretching ones legs. I am liking the wood floors and the green cupboard though.

Photo 3: I love the wallpaper!!! I love the turquoise accents!!! I love the white!!! A winning combination but still just a nook and not a work office proper. Still loving the wall paper!! *grins* 

Photo 4: This is a really nice sewing space. I love the windows and the shelves to store the bundles of cloth. I especially love the chair with its cheerful pink fabric and I kinda like the dustbin as well... {I know I have odd taste!}

Photo 5: I like the clean white look of this little nook but its too white... I prefer bursts of colour these days. What I love best about this photo, the board {cork board?} on the table that can hold ideas, notes, photos, postcards and etc {all the things this hoarder loves!}.

Photo 6: Out of all the photos, this one would be the one that would be easiest to build. Simple shelves to house our books and odds and ends, a sturdy table with leg room for the computer or writing and what appears to be a table that can be used for the computer and other things like cutting paper. I like that there is a bare wall to hang a large painting and windows for sunlight and staring out at the world as it passes by. 

Which is your favourite room? 

Remember: "Hoarding & Collecting is not a crime. It is an art!" 

Monday, April 25, 2011

home now

Who knew time would pass so damn quickly when you aren't doing real much of anything. *bleh*  I have a couple of ideas up my sleeve and several lists to make {I love lists!}.
It's back home for me now... will write again soonest!!!

fireside Louise

Seen @ Objet Deco

I heart the long fireside Louise...
and although it looks a little uncomfortable in the picture,
the actual beauty may not be... and I just love the colour.
Would be an awesome to lounge and read on the fireside Louise.

Remember: "Hoarding & Collecting is not a crime. It is an art!" 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Rainbows End

I don't quite know how I feel.
I don't quite understand these emotions 
that sometimes feels like a calm silent woodland scene
and at other times a turbulent, violent hail storm.

I flit between elation and despair on a daily basis
waiting and searching 
for happy endings and the rainbows end.

I wrote this some time ago but it was just there in my drafts folder.
I can't remember when I wrote it or what inspired me to write it.
I am just glad that these days I have more calm silent woodland scene moments
and though there are still tiems of turbulent violent hail storms, 
they pass by quickly leaving behind no lasting damage.

I think happy endings are things that you create along the way 
that just don't come along like that as I once believed.
I am glad to report though that I seem to have my happy ending
and I so see the rainbows end gleaming ahead of me. 
I can't wait to bask in it's prettiness and glory.

May all of you be blessed with rainbows and happy endings *smiles*

Remember: "Hoarding & Collecting is not a crime. It is an art!" 

Happy Easter All

God shall be my hope, my stay, my guide and lantern to my feet.
- William Shakespeare -

Happy Easter All 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April is...

... crazy busy!!! I suppose by the silence and lack of posts, you would have already noticed that *snickers* but it is also a month that is awesome possum, inspiring, wonderful, tiring and just plain memorable! Anyways, I had a quick lunch with B and thought I could retreat to this Little Piece of Heaven to just share a line or two... or three... possibly four *smiles*

Seen @ Nat Geo

Work has kept me on my toes the whole month. I have had to organise media training sessions, develop speeches, press releases and other such documents, went to Hanoi to engage an agency for our organisation, attending meetings after meetings after meeting for future projects, fought corporate 'fires' and worked with sometimes really unpleasant and uncooperative people. I will also be flying to Hanoi again on Thursday morning (6am flight - argggh!) and hopefully on Friday afternoon, I will breathe normally again *smiles*

Besides work @ the hovel, this month saw the conclusion of B's and my CMPC {the Catholic Marriage Preparation Course} class. It was a rather sad affair to not attend the last CMPC class with several other couples whom we have been journeying with for the past 7 weeks. Truth be told, we enjoyed their company and feel as if we bonded together.

The CMPC class was also a blessing for the both of us. It brought us together and opened our eyes and hearts *smiles* I am so proud of B for opening himself up and sharing his thoughts with the rest of the group even if he wasn't a Catholic. He has grown from this class and I am so glad. There were also times when the session got a little emotional and yours truly wept like a little leaky tap... but sharing, communicating and love heals wounds and soothes troubled hearts and its has surely helped us. Who would have thought that something that at once seemed like a chore was probably what was needed for my relationship with B to blossom and mature to another level. 

Amidst the chaos of work which has been bugging the slightly control freak that I am, I took the weekend off to attend and serve in CHOICE #88. I can't quite tell you what CHOICE is,  you sorta have to experience it for yourself, but I can tell you that it is wonderful. I participated in CHOICE #87 last year and though I felt a calling to serve, I put it off because of life and work {my favourite excuses} and somehow after a few well orchestrated events, God basically said "Enough procrastination DW, you have to serve now!" So I answered the call and served. 

I became the HOUSE team for CHOICE #88. I had to wake up first with my male counterpart Jeremiah and we had to wake up all the participants and priests and presenters. We had to ensure the food was on time and that sessions started on time. We took care of the sick and shared our experiences with others. It was tiring but a rewarding experience and above all that, I realised what an awesome thing it is to serve the Lord. To do something that makes Him happy. To do something that brings people closer to Him. To play a part in an event that will change someone's life. How truly awesome! *smiles*

By God's grace, I will also be serving in CHOICE #88 in the fellowship ministry. I honestly am clueless as to what to do but I am confident that if He leads me to it, He will lead me through it, unharmed, unscathed and more blessed. Pray for me my dear friends that I will be given the strength and the wisdom to assume this new role for the first and the last time before I get married next year {CHOICE is for youth and single-adults}. 

WOW! This is definitely more than 3-4 lines *hehehe* I have so much more to write and to share but time really does not permit me to do so. I miss blogging I really do. I miss web surfing, TV series and reading and I can't wait to launch my new project {It's a secret!}. I can't wait to finish this major work assignement in Hanoi so that I can begin all this and also finish up my freelance work which is mounting - egad! 

Oh yes, Belle is doing so much better. We love her to bits and she is getting spoiled rotten by the whole family... but she deserves it... she is awesome possum *smiles*

Here's to another fruitful and productive week as well as a blessed and Holy Week. 

Seen @ Nat Geo

Remember: "Hoarding & Collecting is not a crime. It is an art!"

Friday, April 15, 2011

CHOICE weekend

"What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise"

- Some wise person-


Will be away at the CHOICE Weekend so will not be able to 
do lovely weekend stuff... nevertheless, I believe it is God's calling 
and since I am His lowly servant, I will go when He calls.

Do pray for the success of the Weekend and let's hope more people
are touched by Him and will be healed. 

Have an awesome weekend all.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pretty Things #1 - Napkin Rings

Seen @ Ringoblog

Seen @ Trendir

In Malaysia we seldom if ever, use napkins at home and what a shame that is... after all, when can we use such pretty napkin rings if we don't use napkins? During my trawls through the interweb, I have come across several napkin rings which caught my eye. In fact, should I be living in a western country where napkins at home were a norm, I would so splurge on napkins and gorgeous napkin rings to decorate my love nest {look at the uber cute napkin ring with the nest and two blue eggs - I heart!}. Hope you enjoy these pieces of prettiness!   

Remember: "Hoarding & Collecting is not a crime. It is an art!"

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A good Monday

Today has been another long day. With 3 hours of sleep the day before, I guess the madness has been amplified. Yet here I am, my fingers {one with a newly acquired paper cut - ouch!} dancing over the keyboard feeling the urge to write and sleep at the same time.

I just wanted to say that today has been a pretty good day despite it being so busy and full of silliness belonging to a circus. I felt God's hand in each and everything that I did today and it is such a relief, such a joy to have someone walking beside me. Things went so smoothly for me that it was just so remarkable. I just had to share this with all of you *smiles* Imagine, a Monday being bearable and surprisingly pleasant ~ awesome possum!

Belle has not quite improved. She seems depressed quite a bit and she can't control her bladder resulting in little puddles of pee all over my home. Her appetite has also increased and the little girl keeps trying to steal our food or beg for it until someone gives in and gives her something {it is hard to resist those beautiful eyes!}. I really hope she gets better soon. I miss my funny old Belly.

Well, I should go. Tuesday will be another busy busy day but I am ready for it. Have a good day ahead all and to those hitting the sack, sweet sweet dreams!
Image seen here

Remember: "Hoarding & Collecting is not a crime. It is an art!"

Monday, April 11, 2011

Quick Recap

So I am back from Hanoi. Hanoi is a busy busy city and I felt caught up in a whirlwind there. I nearly died several times - the motorbikes and cars have no rules over there it seems and the constant tooting of the horn rings in my ear still. 

Overall, although my trip there was short {and tiring}, it was pretty pleasant. I managed to get some sightseeing down and hope that I can do more touristy things the next time I am there at the end of the month. The food was pretty good, the weather was nice {its spring there}, my room at the Movenpick Hotel was fab, I had a good talk with a friend and had some excellent buys at the market and the best part, I got my Vietnamese coffee!  

Being home is of course awesome. I love coming home and being with B, my family, my friends and of course Belle who is doing better now but still not great. 

B and I went for our 2nd last CMPC {marriage class} today and it was awesome because B spoke from his heart and shared some very personal things with the group. Of course I blubbered like a child when I shared {I so need to control the weeping and blubbering} but I felt very touched about what B had said {I love you B}. It was also sad that our last session would be without our batch since I will be MIA again this weekend due to helping out in CHOICE camp. I have come to enjoy meeting every Sunday at 2pm with these other engaged couples to talk about our journey after marriage {more on this at a later date!}.

Anyways, I know this post is just a bunch of randomness but am just rushing to fill you guys in on what is happening at the moment, which is really heaps of things. April is really a jammed packed month but I am loving it! I gotta get some shut eye now as work begins again {like clockwork} tomorrow. Have a good week ahead all. God bless.

Remember: "Hoarding & Collecting is not a crime. It is an art!"

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Turn tables

Turn tables
I decided to say "hello" to my old pally, DW, on MSN. Two minutes into the conversation and I'm already agreeing to be her guest blogger. It started out as me trying to get her to be my guest blogger in an attempt to get her to maintain my oh-so-simple web log. After a few "no, you write it(s)" later I found myself typing this quicky right out. I'm such a wimpy little push-over. She suggested that I could do a sort of write-up on Yi Hwa's birthday. And so, that's where we are now: Yi Hwa's birthday, venued at Colossal times, the Curve. Hehe, kidding. Colonnial times, the Curve. She just sent me a picture of herself hugging a tree. Almost looks like she's pole dancing. "Down with deforestation! Up with wood!", This is going to get edited out. 

Certainly. Back to Yi Hwa's birthday we go. So, we were late - Both Yi Hwa and I. I was clever enough to arrive with the birthday girl so no fault or fingers were directed at us. They seemed a little annoyed with our tardyness. I believed they got over that because the other half of the table was absent still. Little did they know that Ronnie was going to make a special appearance that night. I, however, did know because Tania informed me of it. 


An unfinished post from my guest blogger Yews from June 2005. I don't think this ever got posted {am too lazy to check}.  Colonial Times has since closed down. The food I recall was pretty decent Indian cuisine. I remember choking at the bill when it came. How time flies *smiles* I am glad to note though that we are all still friends and still doing the birthday dinners! Things like that are just too good to ever give up. 

Friday, April 08, 2011


Surprises that come from the heart
are the best kinds ever!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

on the road again

I got home at about 10pm yesterday and my tummy was rumbling. I was conjuring up things to eat in my mind on the train ride back home but I had no appetite to eat. Since B is away for work, my brother picked me up from the train station and we headed home. I can't believe I missed poker and dinner with friends tonight for work!!!

Back home, packing commenced as I am flying to Hanoi tomorrow afternoon {am hoping to get some time to walk around and see the sights but I doubt it!}. It's going to be a long day since I am transiting in another airport for 3 hours ~ I should really go to sleep... but I just needed to play 'just one more game' of Zuma {I am pleased to say folks, that I am currently in first place in my list of friends *woot woot*}. Belle is sleeping on her back with her paws all up in the air and her belly heaving away from her heavy breathing. I wish I could just snuggle up next to her to sleep. 
Will write when I get back. For those of you who are saying a little prayer or two for Belle, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sweet dreams and just think, two more days till the weekend!!! Super awesome *smiles*

Remember: "Hoarding & Collecting is not a crime. It is an art!"

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Ideas for the Nest #1

Here are some really nice things that I have seen and have fallen in love with. I believe they are also awesome ideas for the nest {Project Love Nest - that is}. I am  seriously thinking of doing the scrabble tile pillow case as its not only real cute but seems simple enough to recreate *grins* Lets see how/when/if I manage to get it done *snickers* 

Then there are the pretty vertical bookshelves which will be just awesome for Project Love Nest as well. It saves space and looks simple. I managed to get some shelving units but they are black shelves from Ikea which is pretty cool too. B and I will be painting it white though these shelves will not be used to store books but will used instead to showcase our toy collection and other odds and ends.

The little Chinese takeaway packages are heaps cute and would be super cute as wedding favours but these thing aren't cheap at all so maybe I will give this a miss. Still I feel inspired when I see these pretty things. The little koala-ish cap is heaps cute as well. I heart!!! I just don't know where I am going to wear this little cutie pie to. The bottle with the sweets and customized label is another awesome idea for weddings/parties. 

The picture of the heart with the words love will look awesome in my new home. Might think of doing something similar {Note: Must dig up old adobe notes from my creative class like 6-7 years ago}. And lastly there is the black and cream living room interior which is real chic. I adore th damask pillow cases and the splashes of bright pink to jazz up the cream and black. I can't get enough of natural light and love love the single easel, lamp and bowl of fruit in front of the window - Simple. Elegant. Chic. *smiles*

Remember: "Hoarding & Collecting is not a crime. It is an art!" 
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