Happy Teachers’ Day

My first time attending TD celebration without having to fuss over anything. In school, there would still be celebration but normally the teachers will be involved one way or another (perhaps this only applies to primary schools?). Being away from school makes one schoolsick ;p. How I miss those days.

And so for the next two weeks, I promised my skin that I would try not to be under the sun for fear of being chao ta (not tanned) and wrinkles. The man decided to put frisbee aside too and went lunch with me. Got hold of Vogue and when we went into That CD Shop, a familiar tune greeted us. It was our march-in song and in a modern arrangment! We both loved it and there and then, we got ourselves two CDs, both of which contained songs for our wedding ceremony.

2 more weeks to go. At least now, Sha and JH are back to help! Yipee!!!!

Good things come in twos. =)

With the Senior teachers...

With the Senior teachers...

Our medals for the run. Man, I'm proud of you!

Our medals for the run. Man, I'm proud of you!

Got my hands on Vogue!

Got my hands on Vogue!

Precious weekends

These days the weekends passed me by real FAST. I don’t think I have even really rested. The Sunday Times has yet to be read and magazines crying out to be flipped.

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To continue to prepare for the marathon in Dec, we went for a 15km run. Think it really knocked out the man almost completely because he was like a zombie when I met him up again to collect our wedding bands in the afternoon. We were going to get them engraved and this would take another week.

And of course, the day ended with the mnuch anticipated Mayday concert; I’ve been looking forward to it since March? Gosh! It took so long! Perhaps I was tired too and wasn’t able to really enjoy myself. But it was a good one. I dare say 90% of the audience were ‘rocking’ with them.

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Sunday. Watched Coco Before Chanel. Thought it would tell more about her life as a designer. Alas, it was more about her life growing up as an orphan and how she encountered love but in the end, the lover died a tragic death and blah blah. I enjoyed the bioepic still. Reminded me to buy the Sept issue of vogue because in it, another influential woman in the fashion industry would dictate the style for the next season – Anna Wintour.

TGIF

Yum! Yum! Bah ku teh

Yum! Yum! Bah ku teh

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We went to print our photos; our first time using those machines. Wah..so high tech! Tml is gonna be exciting!!!!!

OK. so I’ll be in for another few more months. =) =(

Ms Lynn Lee – Request for Extension of Current Posting with STB

We refer to TDD’s appeal for an extension of HQ posting for Ms Lynn Lee, who is due for posting out to schools in Jan 2010. We are pleased to inform you that approval has been obtained for her extension in STB till 31 Aug 2010.

Thank you.

 

Signs

The man must have read this entry before leaving for work today because when we met @ work, he greeted me with a big smile and slipped me a sheet of paper as he shook my hand. Then he slipped another into my pocket.

Hmm….and I thought he wanted to ask me out tonight but…

Chey..

2.5 more weeks and of course, bickering included.

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sea of hope

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Months of dialogue
Sleepless nights
The day has come!
Oh what joy!

You face battles each day
And endless feedback too
How tired your souls must be
Don’t you deserve a litle break?

Tis just a token from us
May your spirit be lifted up
As you go through each new day
May you find joy in every way

A free bird leaps on the back of the wind
and floats downstream till the current ends
and dips his wing in the orange suns rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage
can seldom see through his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.

Maya Angelou

thots…

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I thought I might as well pen this. How we got started. How we decided on the day. Why did we decide to do that. I kept it low-key from the very beginning because I didn’t know if it would work. My family members didn’t know; only my close gfs knew about it. And when I decided to break the news to them or to the rest of the world, they gave the ‘shock’ look.

Ken  starting asking me out in January and it took me a full month before I decided to try it out. I knew this guy for a year, worked with him and had my impression change from bad to good =p. He did something special for me on 15 Feb and won my heart. Here is a man who would go all out to woo the girl and the best part is, consistency is in his blood.

We made plans for trips, mostly to see how we can get along through these and a couple to support me in some tri races. We have been going rather smoothly in our relationship and we wanted to see what will happen in trips such as those. The closeness wouldn’t have been possible if not for the fact that we see each other every day from the time we wake up till we retire for the day. We see each other at work and pretty much understand our individual working style and how we relate to others. A whirlwind romance? Not sure if I like this description but it surely was with much consideration before a decision was made.

So he proposed in June although he had planned to do so at the Effiel Tower in Sept. We had planned for this trip not as honeymoon but because I had wanted to attend the Hillsong conference in London during this period and he wanted to go with me. So we started exploring the other places that we could visit. I knew about his plan, of course (he’s rather simple-minded) and hinted to him not to. It would be romantic nonetheless but imagine the poor guy who has to constantly think about the ring and I, having to worry whether we would be robbed.

So the proposal came a few months early and we decided we should go through wedding first and the trip could be our honeymoon. Just nice! The fact that the wedding day came so early was really not an issue to us, although my mom wasn’t so happy about it (too soon!). However, we knew we were committed to each other and it’s just a matter of time. Coupled with the fact that he would be leaving for his studies next year, it would be good to do things in stages rather than to have everything done the following year; I’m not sure if I can handle the stress!

We started planning for the wedding in July and decided the date to be 12 Sept. Ok. 2 months to plan and prepare. It wasn’t so difficult, having attended a few weddings and helped out in those gave me some head-start. Friends’ advice and recommendation were timely and helpful of course and most were done within a month and a half. Now, we just need to tie up loose-ends. We both decided that we do not need to spend too much effort on the wedding. Rather we want to work on our marriage. That, to us, is more important and thus the decision for a simple wedding affair for relatives and close friends.

The customary will come months later but for now, we are thankful that most are prepared for the upcoming BIG day.

I have learnt so much during this process, about myself, about being in a lasting relationship and I am thankful that despite some struggles, the man and I could still laugh it off and enjoyed each other’s presence in the midst of busyness (he is rather busy in his work).

I’m thankful for the friends who so readily came forward to help. Without them, I would be oh-so-stressed!

Now, the waiting.

And then, the celebration.

=)

reading up helps!

reading up helps!

counting down

6 more days before JH comes back.
8 more days before getting the w. band and Mayday concert.
9 more days before Sha comes back.
19 more days to go ROM to do the necessary.
22 more days to the BIG day.
29 more days for a long-awaited break!!!!

Oh c’mon, c’mon!

I can’t wait!

We had a heart-to-heart talk in the evening after he sensed that something was bothering me. Haiz… I really can’t hide anything from him and then the floodgates just opened.

To know the role of a wife as head knowledge is easy but to really apply it in one’s personal life is really not. For a few days, perhaps weeks, I was feeling rather resentful towards the situation. Why do I have to stay? Why do I have to leave my work to be with him? I have my own dreams to pursue. Why must I give up for his sake? Why does he have to have it all?

I know I have my own issues that I have to settle between the Lord and I. He pointed and explain the verses that we went through during PMC. Then it became clearer to me (darn, why is he always able to understand faster?).

I’m glad he is always there no matter how bad I look, how low I feel, how resentful I feel towards the whole thing. He (both) is always there.

And he talked about giving up trifactor tri so that we could enjoy our wedding day/night. Hmm…ok, ZM, I think we will take up the offer of some romantic night-out.

da 2 runs

They were the MOE Olive Run and Army Half Marathon.

MOE’s inaugural run was commendable. When I first received the pack, I was pleasantly surprised that the contents were better than those of AHM. Why, of course, this being the first of its kind from the ministry, it has got to be well-done.

We started at 7.30am and by 7am, both the bicycle and run tracks were occupied by the ‘family’. I could almost sense the frustration of the cyclists who had to slow down or stop to inform the participants that a bicycle was passing through. In this aspect, perhaps something could be done to direct the traffic. I was actually expecting some complaints from the public over this ;p

7.30am. It started. Strange. There was no tracking device in the beginning. WOuld that mean that they took the timing from the point the horn was sounded? If that was the case, then the participants at the back would sure lose out! (I’m raising this issue because I was at the back =p). Anyway, I thought I wanted to do a slow run but half a minute into running, I picked up my pace. I think the main reason was because I saw my big boss’ lanky body from myperipheral view. Not wanting him to outdo me, I increased my speed (I’m not sure why this was of concern to me…). At the same time while doing so, I was half-afraid that I would experience cramps during the run. But I could worry about that later.

It was good. I’m satisfied with my timing. Knowing Ken and Zhimin did well too was a bonus. Proud of ZM especially since she just came back from her maternity leave and to get back to that stamina was really something. Good job!

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The night before, I was tossing in bed. What if I couldn’t wait up on time? What if the breakfast is not substantial enough? What if I have cramps? And that cost me one hour of sleep.

4am. Woke up and had brekky. Parked at my usual carpark (phew! There were lots still available). There was a lot of runners, as usual and when it had flagged off, I didn’t even know! The first few kilometres, Ken and I were running at 7 min pace. After 5km (my warm-up), I increased my speed. The leg muscles took over. It was a breeze, at the speed. 12km mark. Check. Legs were still ok. So far so good. But I was feeling heavy from my wet shorts and shirts. Arghh..I wore an oversized shorts and a t-shirt that is not dri-fit! Stoooopid! Added extra baggage!

17km. Started increasing my stride. The running sessions with colleagues really helped a great deal. It gave me more energy and I could handle the pace better. Came in in 2hr 15 min, a PB for me. Waited for Ken to come in and eventually I saw him! I was elated! He has not really trained for this run. The longest distance he has run was maybe 12km? And he really didn’t clock enough milege. To see him coming in in good timing was really a great joy!

Now, the knees hurt…=p

Time to rest.

mosaic

1st row: Olive run
2nd row: Carbo loading for dinner (tho a bit late for that)
3rd row: Completion of AHM! Yay!
4th & 5th row: Refueling at Amoy Street market. Food glorious food!

Motherhood changes a woman.

At least that’s my impression when I visited my sis and after a short conversation with her.

She spoke like a wise person now. No more wilful thoughts, no more curt comments. I prefer this sis of mine now. It’s such a wonder that a person could change overnight. Whoah…the power of a baby…and of motherhood.

And for the longest time since yonks, I carried my nephew in my arms.

It’s not that bad after all!!!!

Sis, I’m very proud of you. =)

welcome to the world, Dallen!

welcome to the world, Dallen!

mosiac

Listen to your body

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Saw Coach’s face on the paper. Hey hey!
I supposed the recent reports of death during races prompted such an article and especially so when AHM is round the corner. They certainly do not want another fatal case to be repeated.

Fully agreed with the report. While exercising, besides being knowledgeable about the diet, equipment to use, different forms of training, another important to note is to ‘listen to your body’.

Last Sunday, in the midst of running in the heat, I suddenly felt faint; a very uncomfortable feeling engulfed me. I felt as if I was on the verge of black-out. The sky was twirling. I need water. Drain water would do (noo…actually cannot also). Thankfully Ken was with me or else I wouldn’t know what would happen if I really fainted. And of course, coffeeshops are all around and our potable tap water saved me.

Hope all would go well this weekend, be it the Olive run or the AHM.

Listen to your body.

Go Kiss the World

Ah Bao sent me this article. A great speech indeed. Go read and…kiss the world.

 

 

Go Kiss the World – Subroto Bagchi

It’s a beautiful life…oh oh oh oh!

Life is full of joy and pain and today it was FULL of joy!

Desmond, an old friend, intiated an MSN conversation with me and in the end I got him as my guitarist. At the back of my mind, from the very beginning, I had wanted him to play on my wedding day. I saw him play before and was deeply impressed by his skills. He is the best, to me. Wanted to ask him but felt a bit pai seh since we have kinda lost touch over the years. But today, I just told him that I am going to get married and asked if he minded. ‘No problem!’ I was reminded, again, that the Lord knows our desires and He will grant, in His time, the best.

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Cooked Japanese curry today and was secretly pleased with the product. I think I have talent. hah!

Collected our pack for MOE Olive Run this Saturday and was pleased with what I was given. Got standard man! I’m impressed!

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Ken and I made it a point to keep to our promise of keeping Wednesday a BS night for us and today we kept to that. Rejected appointments to keep this night special. We were able to do that! Nice! It’s always good to have someone to expound on the Word together.

And…I became an auntie! My sis gave birth to a healthy boy weighing 3.2kg. PTL!

How not to PTL?

He asked me out!!!

While I was busy with some work, a msg came in…

Dear D*****g,
Will you be free this evening? You look so sian at work. I’d like to take you out for an ice-cream and a walk at the beach.
We can walk off our tired legs and just be enjoying each others’ company for awhile without needing to think about work, or whether we’re getting fat, or what we have to do for the wedding, etc.
Your K*n

At a glance, I thought the man was writing some poems again and my immediate response was ‘huh?’

So he dated me…but no beach, just dinner and a goodnight kiss.

Ok. That will do fine.

fun…

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Learnt to cook Peranakan dishes from Ken’s aunt today. INitially, we thought she was just teaching us how to cook assam fish head but a few more dishes were thrown in too. The aunt even wrote the recipes for me. SO nice of her! I would need more time to digest the ingredient needed for the different dishes and I realised that chicken pies are so easy to make!

And we resolved to complete the few cards to be sent out to relatives for THE DAY. Phew! Thankfully EUnice chipped in to help. Mission accomplished! Yea!

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Mood: Accomplished, stuffed, tired.

I think we were really ambitious; we wanted to run 16km today. But we lost steam after about 8km and walked/ran for the rest of the distance. The weather didn’t help much…

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And so I thought I could whip up a dish upon our return. Little did we know that mom was already in the midst of cooking and the aroma thwarted my plans.

 

 

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She did one of the traditional Hakka dishes – Sohn Pan Tzai (算盘子) or Àbacus Beads. It is made of dough formed of tapioca and yam, cut into abacus-bead shapes, which when cooked, are soft on the outside and a chewy on the inside. The dish may be cooked with minced chicken or pork, dried shrimps, mushrooms and various other vegetables.

The dish is stir-fried, seasoned with light soy sauce, salt, sugar and sometimes rice wine or vinegar (depending on taste).

Distance: 10km

@ Daryl's

@ Daryl's

 Brekky party @ daryl’s. What a beautiful place!

shoes galore!

shoes galore!

His time to purchase his pair of shoes. Mission accomplished! Yay!

 

meal time

meal time

 We had our tense moments today due to miscommunication. Thankfully it was resolved by the time we went for our CG. And today’s session was good! PTL!

Suddenly, I miss my gfs… =(

PMC #2

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It’s our second lesson yesterday and the topic was on the roles of a woman. Not entirely unfamiliar with it since we had such messages in the pulpit before but getting it down to practice is the harder part.

The woman described in proverbs 31 is still my role-model.

Next week, we are going to learn submission. Woo Hoo!

Could have…

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We could have been leaving on a jetplane, to Hong Kong, at this time. However, we chose to stay back in Singapore, forgoing the air tix and the deposit made on the accommodation.

We have decided to cancel two trips so that we could complete PMC, something which we both considered as more important in our journey together.

I know we have lots more decision to make down the road. This is just the beginning. Sacrifices to make, self to die to since this life is no longer to be lived as an individual. I am accountable to someone who is an important part of my life, along with my family members.

This year, my eyes were opened to the importance of kinship, that nothing else really matters more. Work, sporting excellence and financial securities are great stuff that make one secure but not for long. Relationships built last forever and can be a pillar of strength in times of turbulence. The latter, is of much worth compared to temporal gains.

We have been greatly blessed. From blessings from our church to the availability of Elder Jeff and of course, sponsorship of the venue as promised by boss, we know You are in this with us. What is most comforting is the fact that You helped Ken to grow in love, knowledge and conviction of You. To me, this gift is worth far more.

Indeed, I could have led a life so different from what I am currently doing. Priorities have since changed and awareness raised in a number of issues. I’m glad to be treading this path that You have led us to. In this journey of self-discovery and the pursuit of love and wisdom, I’m glad to have the two important people in my life.

Thank you for being part of my life, Jesus and Ken.

It’s always nice to have Ken by my side and this day, I had him for company for a workshop. He is always able to catch concepts better and to think from other perspectives, which put me to shame, really since I need more time to digest. At the end of the lesson, I wonder if my performance (even for my current work) is affected by motivational factors, my own ability or my role perception.

Then I pondered about my gifting. What are they? Suddenly I felt I am drifting through life. O Lord! Please reveal?

da loop

da loop

in this together

in this together

ponder..

ponder..

 

Plain White T’s – 1234

1-2-1-2-3-4
Give me more loving than I’ve ever had
Make me feel better when I’m feeling sad
Tell me I’m special even though I know I’m not
Make me feel good when I hurt so bad
Barely getting mad
I’m so glad I found you
I love being around you
You make it easy
Its as easy as 1-2-1-2-3-4
There’s only one thing
To Do
Three words
For you
(I love you) I love you
There’s only one way to say
Those three words
That’s what I’ll do
(I love you) I love you
Give me more loving from the very start
Piece me back together when I fall apart
Tell me things you never even tell your closest friends
Make me feel good when I hurt so bad
You’re the best that I’ve had
And I’m so glad I found you
I love being around you
You make it easy
It’s easy as 1-2-1-2-3-4
There’s only one thing
To Do
Three words
For you
(I love you) I love you
There’s only one way to say
Those three words
That’s what I’ll do
(I love you) I love you
(I love you) I love you
You make it easy
It’s easy as 1 2 1 2 3 4
There’s only one thïng
To Do
Three words
For you
(I love you) I love you
There’s only one way to say
Those three words
That’s what I’ll do
(I love you) I love you
(I love you) I love you
1-2-3-4
I love you
(I love you) I love you