A quiet 2014 CNY celebration

It’s been a relatively quiet Chinese New Year (CNY).

My hubby, Desmond’s family, is pretty much out of the CNY scene because we are still observing 100 days of mourning for beloved Grandpa. So there’s no angpows (red packets with money) to give out, no visiting of friends and relatives, no open house and no travelling back to my hometown.

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Gratitude (4 Jan 2014)

Today, I am grateful for…

HOME & FAMILY

  • … a beautiful home that was just redecorated with a new sofa, curtains and washing machine.
  • … my husband’s strong financial situation – he recently forked out a large sum of money for furniture, appliances and decor, even though I couldn’t afford to pay him back.

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She (ELLE) Defines Herself

I read in the news recently that Malaysia will finally have its very own ELLE magazine, to be launched in March 2014. ELLE Malaysia will be published by Mongoose Publishing, which also publishes some  Malaysian and Singapore favourites such as Time Out KL / Singapore, Esquire KL / Singapore and Expatriate Lifestyle.

Elle Singapore, May 2011

I was surprised but elated to hear the news 🙂 I couldn’t remember a time back in my teenage years when I didn’t entertain myself with the glossy fashion, beauty and feature pages of a magazine, the likes of CLEO or Her World. I even dreamt of being a features writer for a beauty magazine some day (this dream is not yet realised, but someday, I would!)

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February recap

It’s March already! Here’s wishing you a Happy March!!!

Sorry reader, I’ve been meaning to update some posts in February, but it was a truly hectic month!

First there was my birthday on 8 February, which I took a day off work to savour and enjoy; I indulged in retail therapy at 1-Utama! Besides shopping for winter wear at Uniqlo with my aunts and sis-in-law, we also spent a long time at the bead shop looking for suitable beads and crystals for our dream necklaces and bracelets.

Had my birthday lunch with family here
Had my birthday lunch with in-laws here
Dinner and birthday love from family
Dinner and birthday love from family

Then, in preparation for Chinese New Year on 10 February, a short trip to Kampar to visit my Mum’s relatives and a vacation to Hanoi from 15 to 19 February, I had to rush all the urgent tasks at work before I disappeared for my 12-day vacation. The vacation was really fun, but ‘working the mill’ like a madwoman, was not!

Dong-dong-chiang!
CNY greetings from Desmond and I
Desmond's friends who came visiting
Desmond’s friends who came visiting
So, February flew past in no time. Though it was the joyous occasion of celebrating the Lunar New Year, I had my fair share of increased stress from  hectic preparations, tiredness from travelling and unhealthy eating and drinking, which is out of the norm for me.
A healthier Yee Sang from Sakae Sushi
A healthier Yee sang from Sakae Sushi
After celebrating the first few days of Chinese New Year, I unpacked and packed once again for my first visit to Hanoi, Vietnam and Haiphong, a port city in Vietnam. It was a special trip to celebrate one of the biggest days in my younger brother’s life: his engagement to a Vietnamese young woman. Fate has brought them together and I’m very happy for them.
Our family photo with the 9 trays of gifts
Our family photo with the 9 trays of gifts
My brother, W (left), with his best man, J and the father-of-the-bride
My brother, W (left), with his best man, J and the father-of-the-bride
The happy couple
The happy couple

For the full set of the photos from the engagement ceremony, click here to view the album on Facebook.

My Slice of Pie in the Universe

We celebrated the public holiday of Maulidur Rasul yesterday so there was no work. I spent 2 hours of my free day at the third session of the Finding Self Through Expressive Arts workshop at Clove&Clive. The facilitator for this workshop is Thang Mee Yuen, with her background in psychology and therapeutic play skills.timthumb1

I found it a very interesting and thought-provoking session, and I’d like to share it with my readers.

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My 12 Awesome Firsts of 2012

As the year 2012 comes to a close, I find myself looking back on the good and the bad that happened throughout the year. Today, I’m doing a post about 12 Awesome Firsts, inspired by Stephanie Van Den Driesen and her friend, Megan Chng, on Facebook.

I made this year a year of gratitude – no matter what life threw my way, I put up reflective posts on Facebook all the time; posts about gratitude, hope, wonder, compassion, kindness, love and discovering your true self.

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The Transformation Game Facilitators Training

Would you like to offer Transformation Game workshops professionally? Or to take your Game experience with friends and colleagues to a deeper level? If you are familiar with the Transformation Game and would like to expand your work and relationship with it, this training will give you that opportunity.

This specialised programme gives you thorough training in the use of the advanced rules of the Facilitators Manual, which includes expanded options for most squares. You explore various key topics, as well as practice facilitation in small supervised sessions.

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Transformation Sister

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Transformation Sisters: Thing Thing (left) and I

I first met Thing Thing at a Clove&Clive, a spiritual meditation centre preaching conscious living and conscious loving. We share the love of a wonderful game called the Transformation Game. We have played the game (together and individually) so many times that I’ve have lost count.

The Transformation Game is essentially a board game, not just any board game, but a spiritual game that guides players to face whatever is going on in their lives with full authenticity. The game is a powerful tool that offers insights into the physical,emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of ourselves.

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