Archives for December 2008

Change? Bring it on!

Heraclitus, a greek philosopher once said, “Nothing endures but change.” This statement is so true, change in life will happen, regardless of whether we will like it or not. What matters is how we handle it. We need to learn to count our blessings and enjoy life apart from circumstances. Stop thinking about the ‘what if-s’ and the ‘if only-s’.

I once came across a little prayer on a card many years ago that said; God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Words that still resonate with me in this process of change.

Just 3 more days to the new year and how has the past one year been for me? 2008 has been a whirlwind of a ride. Life has been an adventure; with major shifts in life priorities and new experiences.

Nonetheless, there are constantly so much to be thankful for. Here I count some of my many blessings :
1. A supportive spouse who will always put up with my eccentriciticies and neurotism and will be my pillar of strength
2. An endearing and healthy little boy who brings so much joy to the family
3. My extended family. Loved-ones who are constantly there for me, providing warm and delicious meals that I can always go home to
4. Quality time spent with my family and loved ones
5. Wonderful friends such as K, L, HL and G. Who make whinge-ing sessions together so much fun and therapeutic
5. A heavenly father who loves me and has promised that he will never leave me or forsake me till the end of time. He is one guy that I know that I can always trust to meet all of my needs.

So what are my resolutions for this year? Actually I should just forget about resolutions as I never ever keep them. Rather I should just say, what can I to forward to this year?
1. More quality time with dh and K
2. A little more time to be spent in my kitchen
2. More new beginnings, one which include a new business
3. Breakthroughs in many areas

Despite all the hullabaloo out there about the economy. I just wish to drop a bible verse here to remind Christian friends and myself to look forward to a good year ahead. As well as for non-christian friends who don’t mind a bit of godly wisdom.
Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Here’s wishing all friends a Happy New Year and may this year brings lots of pleasant surprises!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Christmas is indeed the most wonderful time of the year.
“There’ll be much mistletoeing and hearts will be glowing, when loved ones are near. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
Did I also mention that it is also a time for major over-eating? With such talented cooks in my family, it is really hard not to at the dinner table on Christmas eve.

We always will have the quintessential turkey. It is a must-have at our family’s Christmas eve dinners, although it is not the most popular dish. We always end up with turkey porridge and turkey sandwiches for the next few days after Christmas.

Christmas for me and my family is more than just feasting, merry-making, giving and receiving presents. The true meaning of Christmas is expounded from this bible verse. John 3:16-17; “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love.

K does not quite understand the meaning of Christmas yet, however he had the most fun at on Christmas eve.

1. He had a whale of a time hogging digital camera (he now goes crazy when he sees the camera and has learn how to take pictures).

2. Gets to drink with the guys,
3. Be the official candle blower for Nana’s birthday cake,

4. Gets to open the most presents,

5) Be the first to use his presents,

6) Even gets to perform for an audience,

The fun does not end there as he gets to sleep way past his bedtime. And then wakes up to some more presents the next morning.

The Christmas season can be a wonderful time of family togetherness and goodwill, but the spirit of Christmas often gets lost in the midst of all these excitement.

From next year, K will be taught the true meaning of Christmas and goodwill. For a start, learn to look beyond his Christmas desires by maybe choosing a toy to donate to a children’s charity or helping to choose groceries and deliver them the Boy’s brigade sharity gift box.

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Some spontaneity once in a while

Dh has always been full of spontaneity. Probably only when he met me that I started to mute that spontaniety in him. I am a creature of habit, often needs structure, loves schedules and I function like clockwork. In other words, not an exciting person at all, but probably good for bringing up a child.

It’s hard to tell at this point if K is like dad or he is like me. But as a toddler, he mostly thrives on routine. So it usually takes like a day like this with Dad that I will allow anything out of the ordinary.

It started this morning with skipping church, as K woke up late. We ended up having brunch at Jones the Grocer. A place which I wanted to try after reading fairly good reviews on

The review? Dh and I were sorely disappointed with the food, the breakfast set was overpriced and the sausages included in the set were barely edible. Service was bad, dh did not get his vanilla milkshake even when we finished the meal. K hardly ate anything. If he does not like the food in the cafe/restaurant, it is usually below par. As he enjoys most food, as long as it is not cooked at home.

We went on to borders and dh got some last minute christmas presents, then proceeded to Vivo City. Ended up having tea at sushi tei. K refused to sit at the table, insisted of looking at the ships at the harbour. Hb brought him outside the restaurant and toddler stated his preference that he wanted to stay outside. Thanks to hb’s spontaneity, he promised K a ride on the cable car if he returned to his seat and finished his meal.

K relented to hb’s request, ate so well and even asked for seconds. It seemed like hb’s promise of the cable car ride was really effective. Afterwards, I tried to convince K that he was tired and needed to go home to nap, but all he had in his mind was ‘Car’ (i.e., cable car). Hb was sure that if he did not fulfil his promise, he will lose some of his credibility with K. Although I wasn’t too certain that K understood that concept.

So we went ahead with dh’s spontaneous suggestion and took that risk of ending up with a cranky tot, who only managed a 1/2 hour nap in the car.

K was elated with the ride. I assumed he has been looking forward to a cable car ride, since he always exclaims loudly and excitedly points to the cable cars whenever we are at Vivo.

The view from the cable car was not at all scenic, with all that construction that is going on the Sentosa island lately. Nonetheless, K had an enjoyable time looking at the view.

He was especially thrilled to bits when he saw this…

So thanks to hb spontaneity, K was rewarded with the rare view of seeing an assembly of 16 mixer trucks, the most number of the same kind of trucks that he has ever seen at one go. For a toddler that is so fond of trucks, I think this was probably the main highlight of K’s day.

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