Wednesday, February 27, 2013

trips, time and taking heart

I saw this on Business Insider and
was marveled again the many things
I have yet to see and experience.

On one hand I feel so blessed to have
seen so many beautiful things and
experienced so much. I know that there
are others who are not as blessed
or who have not had the means to do
so and I am so grateful for all that I have
gotten... yet being human, and being me
sometimes it isn't enough.

The wanderlust stirs in my blood.
It keeps me wondering about the next
time I board the plane, the next place I 
will be. I feel the magic when I see photos
of places on my wishlist and I daydream
about the places and what it will feel like...

Then there are times when I wish I could turn
back the clock. To not only revisit the places
I have been and taken more photos and savored
the experiences a little bit more but to 
undo the things that I did or didn't do
which have such repercussions on my life now. 
They could be things done here where I live
or the things done abroad but they are things
that I wish I could undo nonetheless.

I know there is nothing much I can do at the
moment for things have already been done.
Things have already been spun into motion.
All I can do is pray and hope that things
work out for the best because at the end of
the day, it is His will and not ours.
Sure they are my mistakes, but I know
in my heart that whatever happens and 
how things change after this, it will be
for the best decision at the end of the day.

I must be strong. I must take heart.
There is no one who will be there on my side.
And yes, it does call to mind the different mistakes
made over time that have changed me... I hope
this one does not have such severe repercussions.

God you hear me and you know what I ask of you.
Let your will be done. Amen.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Timelapse - Disneyland

I came upon this interesting timelapse video which is made out of 30,000 photos taken over a year in Disneyland. Photographer Daniel Navarette put this massive timelapse together of the magical kingdom so sit back and enjoy it *smiles smiles* 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

31 & 1

I turned 31 on February 19th. 
I celebrated my 1st wedding anniversary with B.
More on that soon *smiles*

Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy 1 Year Anniversary B

Today is my first year anniversary with B and we are
are celebrating on the sunny island of Krabi *smiles*
Anyways, its amazing to think that we have been married
for a year now. At times our relationship feels so new and
at other times it feels as if we have been married for ages
and ages. We have been through so many things in this short
year. We have had many losses, we had our share of 
disagreements and days when we just want to be alone
with out thoughts but at the same time, there has been so
much joy, new memories created, new experiences 
shared and a whole lot of love and respect for each
other. We have grown as a couple and as friends.

So Happy 1st Year Anniversary B. 
May there be many many more anniversaries to
come. Love & heart you many many much much.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Small steps to help Kate

Hi Alls, My little pet craft project, Hearts & Crafts
is doing a mini CSR project for a girl named Kate who isn't
well {read more about Kate here}. 
So all washi tape from my store will be sold at 50% off until 
19 February 2013 {postage not included}. 
The 50% you save will be donated to Kate. 
If you are not into washi tape, you can also participate 
in a handmade auction to raise funds for Kate 
on Allie's Handcrafted Crafts

Alternatively if you want to donate your 
handmade items to be auctioned off, please contact 
Allie Remember, things 
always start small before they can become big. 
So take small steps to help someone in need.

Do also note that I will be away on vacation but 
I will attend to your requests when I get back as 
I have limited internet access when I am away.

I also know that I have heaps of posts to catch 
up on but big things are brewing here 
{no, I am not preggers!} so am just waiting for
things to settle some before sharing that 
big thing and work has been crazy too due to 
Chines New Year holidays and my 
colleagues being on leave and all that. 

So check out this space soon for new updates, 
and happy things {not many of them these days 
but am working on changing that} *smiles*

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Interior Styles Down Under

Checked our Adore Magazine's blog and was inspired.
For their Melbourne Style Trail posts, I spotted two shops
that I would love to visit the next time I find myself down
under. Check out these two pretty shops *smiles*

Monday, February 11, 2013

a teacher & a student

Encik Rahimy taught my brother when he was in primary school 
and later he taught me as well for two years. I was 10 and 12 
when he taught me and I remember him to be a very inspiring teacher 
in the sense that he nurtured my love for design, drawing, 
colours and anything related to art. He encouraged us to participate 
in colouring contests, he brought music to the class, he gave us 
rolls of coloured paper and without a pair of scissors asked us to 
create a backdrop, he yelled as us when we were rowdy and 
disorderly, he brought us for adventures to explore, he gave 
us prizes when we did well with his own money, he allowed us 
to explore acting and so much more. 

When I left primary school, it was difficult to say goodbye to 
him and my other classmates as we were all going to 
different schools and do we made promises and wrote
in our autograph books that we would be friends forever,
we were all still afraid of what our new adventure would
hold for us. Encik Rahimy however, was quick to tell us
that we would be okay and that we would all do well
and that we should not worry.

I didn't see Encik Rahimy for many years. I thought about 
him every now and then when I heard a song or when I passed
by the old primary school I attended and then just recently
my friend Soorian who was coming back from LA said that
we should try tracking him down and so I did. It was fairly
easy and as luck would have had it, he was visiting Kuala
Lumpur as well. So long story short, I got to meet with him.

It was a surreal experience in some ways. Almost 18 years
had passed and here we were, teacher and student.
He remembered quite a number of things about me and in
particular he remembered how I loved to draw, to colour,
to create. He said he kept the cards I made him {and in 
fact several people did mention this to me... about keeping the 
handmade cards/bookmarks I made for them yonks ago.} 
I was happy to hear this because somewhere
between then and several years ago, no one bothered
to encourage me much in developing that part of me.

It was always about studying, getting good grades, not
failing in my exam, vying for scholarships, part time work,
writing, more writing and then getting a good job, and then
performing in your job to get bonuses, increments and 
promotions. Then there was the endless dramas of boys,
men, friendships, death, love and everything in between. 
There was hardly time for creating and colouring.

And seeing him there, older, quieter, married with a
daughter of his own I realised that it was always in me
this desire to create, to colour, to draw but I had forgotten.
It was a good affirmation to meet him and have him 
remind me of the girl that used to be, the girl that actually
still is *smiles smiles* I am so thankful that I got to meet
him with B and I like the pink soft toy snake that he got me.
I am going to be planning a reunion for me and my primary
school friends 'cos when they saw this photo of us on FB,
they too wanted to say 'hello' and to thank Encik Rahimy
for being such an awesome teacher. Some of them were as inspired 
as me as well and I hope that Encik Rahimy knows how 
many lives he has touched and how we all 
remember him for his awesomeness.

And yes, I am going to keep on crafting and creating.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy CNY 2013 everybody!

A very Happy Chinese New Year 
to all of you. May the coming year be filled with only the 
best things that life can bring. God bless.

My semi personalised angpaus for the coming
Chinese New Year *smiles smiles* 

Goodbyes Moshi

B's dog Moshi passed away this morning. He was such
a loving dog who taught me how to love other dogs.
Without Mosh, I would not have Belle and would 
probably have taken ages to warm up to dogs.

Dear Moshi Sushi, You will be missed terribly
by B and I. We will always remember you and keep you
our heart. I am sure you are happy with mum and
Angel. We will see you again one day *hugs*

This song is for your Mosh Mosh.
A song called "Love is Strange" from the 
cartoon from Disney's "Frankenweenie".

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Monogrammed Patterned Mugs

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Seen @ Pixel Impress

There is just something lovely about
sipping coffee or tea in a monogrammed
patterned mug *smiles*

Monday, February 04, 2013

Machu Picchu

I have always wanted to travel to Machu Picchu.
It sounds so exciting and I can only imagine how it must
feel like to be exploring these ancient places
and being surrounded by secrets and mysteries from the past.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World and often referred
to as the "Lost Ciny of the Incas", Machu Picchu is one of 
the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the world.

Anyways, since I can't go to Machu Picchu just yet
{due to the lack of funds and my unfit state of self},
click here to see Machu Picchu like you have never seen
before in all its 16 Gigapixels glory *enjoy*
This is the closest you will get to see Machu Picchu in a photo.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Exploring in the New Year

It's a new year!!!
Let's go exploring! 
Yes I am a little late with this whole new year thing
and can you believe that January has come and gone?
*egad* it flew right by didn't it?

Anyways, I loved this Calvin & Hobbes comic 
and thought it apt for the start of a new year...
and since Chinese New Year is just around the corner,
I thought why post this up anyways.

It's a wonderful year to try something new,
to do the things you always wanted to do.
To explore. To have adventures galore.
To live. *smiles smiles grin grin*

Have a good week ahead and if I forget
or get too caught up with things {as usual},
Happy Chinese New Year!

2013 - A year of living awesomely!

I forgot to post up this awesome poster
that I spotted in pinterest.
Captures exactly what I want to say.
*hint hint* it has my One Little Word in it...
which btw, will be revealed soon in time for 
my 31st birthday which is just around the corner. 
*smiles smiles happy happy*

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