Monday, October 09, 2017

27th Baptism Anniversary

My 27th baptism anniversary on 7 October 2017 passed rather uneventfully, saved for a mistakenly mix-up of dates for Declan's 1st birthday party at Pizzaface. Mum, sis and I trooped down to Pizzaface by noon that day, only to discover nearly half an hour later, after wolfing down a shared chicken pie from a newly opened cafe nearby that Declan's party is on 14 October, not 7 October. I was guilty as charged for dragging both mum and sis down as the invite was sent only to me. I guess it goes to show the signs of aging - a poor memory, at 42.

Can't deny that as a middle-aged woman, I don't look one bit like a college age kid. Not that I'd like to be mistaken as one on campus but as an adult learner, being a part-time university student definitely has its challenges. I was at the Uni booth wanting to sign up for a step tracker and that was only eligible for students (of which I am legitimately one). The staff at the booth, who looks young enough to be my nephew (if my sis had married and given birth young enough) doubted my eligibility. It was fair enough I guess, given I am no spring chicken, but it hurt my ego somewhat. I am even older than Joanna Dong, the 35 year old finalist in China Sing! who already has two young children. Ah wells! Still, I have much to be thankful for - I have a sound mind, or at least sound enough to be typing this entry, fresh air to breathe, clean water to drink and a comfortable bed to sleep on at night. God is good. Most of all, my faith in my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is still alive and well. That, to me, is God's greatest gift.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mar Mar Oo - Bye bye

Our Myanmar helper Mar Mar Oo has left for home last Tuesday, 5 Sep 17. She left our home on Monday, 4 Sep. It has been over a week since she left us. And it has been for a good two years since she had been with our family. So much has happened to our family during the past two years. So much has happened to me too. However, I trust that these two years have been an enriching time for our helper. That she has achieved her objective of wanting to live and work in Singapore. And enjoyed those free days where she could tour around Singapore with her sister and friend. I will miss her and all the good food she cooked - her Myanmar curry chicken, tea leaf salad and bee hoon salad were some of my favourites.

My cousin YH's 55th & Birthdays

Today is my cousin YH's 55th birthday. 12 September 2017. He was borned in 1962. The same year another cousin MF was borned (18 Feb 1962). He shares the same birthday month as my sister who recently celebrated her Jubilee birthday in style - a full three days of feasting followed by another food trail trip in Penang the next weekend. My sister had a joint birthday celebration with cousin P who gave us a treat at St Regis hotel. So, we had a full four days of feasting that started on 31 Aug and ended on 3 Sep.

fleeting feelings

feelings... are such fleeting things. I have always known them to be so.

They tend to come and go as they please. Especially when uninvited.

I do wonder why I do not have better boundaries, emotional control. I am always a little taken aback when I get a surprise visit from my feelings. Especially feelings I thought I had settled with, or feelings I thought I no longer should have. They seem to have a life of their own.

They come and go as they please. Uninvited they come. Unannounced they go.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

@SUSS

At SUSS inside the Starbucks here on a Saturday late morning. Just had a cuppa latte. It's less than half an hour to a film-making talk. Just thought it would be interesting to attend the talk - spice up my life, learn something new.

I am enjoying being on campus more and more. However, I figure I should set achievable and measurable goals here. Not just set the goals but actually achieve them.

Meanwhile, life goes on.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Day @ SUSS

Spent close to six hours at SUSS today. Started on my TMA01 but have not completed it yet. Found out I could print stuff by paying cash. 7 pages black and white cost 30 cents. I am making progress. Yay!

Strange Dream

I dreamt about receiving emails from P in response to a voice call I made to his phone. He was rather strict and stern about why I had re-contacted him when I had agreed not to do so anymore. Funny that I would dream about calling him and dream about his negative response. In fact, I dreamt he was reconciling with his in-laws and daughter. His relationships with them have improved. Such an unusual dream to dream. Definitely something to heed - not to give him any more voice calls, not even a text, ever.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A year ago

A year ago this day, 31 May, I met up with P for the very first time. I waited at Starbucks at Raffles City for him. When he finally appeared, we decided to head to the basement for a meal. We had Korean food that evening. That was the first of my only two meals I had with him, out of three meet-ups. The last meet-up was over half a year ago already but the last phone call we had was less than a month ago. And tonight, would have been our anniversary meal. But it will not be so. I have to move on. For us.

Friday, May 19, 2017

3 baby kittens @ EAST

Surprise kittens have been found at EAST since Monday, Apparently, Rock found them next to the drum set at Agape Room. Today, Friday, is the first time I've seen the three lovely kittens. They look barely two weeks old, all snuggling around each other, sleeping all day long. Praying they will grow healthy and happy @ EAST compound over the next few days, weeks, months and years.

Sadly... on that very evening itself, the kittens were brought to SPCA by Rock and his wife. They were worried for the well-being of the three kittens over the weekend as the mommy cat seemed to have abandoned them. I pray that each of them eventually goes to a good and loving home.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

7 May 17

We had a lovely family lunch to celebrate TF's 61st birthday on 7 May. Auntie KC, MF, P&P, mum, sis, bro, sis-in-law and my 3 yr old nephew were all present to celebrate with TF.

Also, that night, I had a goodbye chat with P. Instead of the usual ghosting for the past few times, I got his consent to break off for good. It felt good. He respected my decision. YL was happy for me. I felt numbed initially but I feel glad now. It is the good, right and honorable thing to do. To kinda right a wrong because two wrongs does not a right make.

I pray that God will continue to guide every step of my way and protect me from all evil.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

2 weeks to Exams

I've got two exams in less than 2 weeks on 16 and 18 May. It's 6 May today. Next Saturday is another busy day because of EAST 23rd Commencement, which will be held at Bartley Christian Church. In fact, the whole of next week will be an extremely busy week in my view, as there is a Homecoming Dinner on 10 May, Wednesday, and a Graduation Party on 11 May, Thursday evening. The Alumni Retreat is held from 10-12 May, Wednesday to Friday. I am hoping to take the following week off, 15-18 May off at least, because of my exams.

I have found myself a perfect typing spot at level 5 of SUSS (Singapore University of Social Sciences, new name of UniSIM since March 17, 2017). It has a pretty view of some palms and a neat row of 10 trees in a planter directly facing me. I tried locating a comfortable seat in the library but found the temperature in there too cold for my comfort. The natural air and environment on level 5 with a great view to boot seems like an ideal spot for me.

On 24 April, I was grieving of the demise of a beloved community cat Tutu who had met with an accident while a fast turning car entered the carpark. That fateful night that I was grieving, I reconnected with P. Soon after, I was grieving the loss of L's family cat Jack who had to be put down because L felt they could no longer cope with Jack's seemingly uncontrollable behaviour and impulses. According to L, Jack had been too stressed and tensed and was probably suffering from some kinda PTSD even as a kitten or while he was in his mother's womb. It was all too complex for me. I just knew that Jack was no longer a happy cat and L's family no longer could cope with the normal feeding and handling. Especially after Jack acted out and bit L. It was very sad as Jack was a barely 2 year old cat. However, the decision was made with Jack's welfare in mind too, as he was living a stressed out miserable life.

Life is full of complications, mysteries and hurdles to be crossed.

27th Baptism Anniversary

My 27th baptism anniversary on 7 October 2017 passed rather uneventfully, saved for a mistakenly mix-up of dates for Declan's 1st birthd...