Friday, August 7, 2009


I first went back to yoga earlier this year to try and ease myself into the exercise regime. After 15 years, I found yoga has now evolved from what I first learnt. There are so many different types of yoga you can learn now with different benefits and results. When I first started, I was dismayed to find out how inflexible and weak I was. Seeing all the other more advanced students in the class and their capabilities made me want to push myself harder to be able to get where they were faster.

Then one day, I met a lady who has been practising chi gong for years. As we talked, I told her that I was in the midst of getting into yoga and she started asking me how I felt during yoga and after. How did I feel I had benefitted from it? Do I feel the energy when I am doing my poses?

Since then, I've learnt in my classes not to pay attention to others but myself. To listen to my body, push it to reasonable limits, feel the energy through my body and concentrate on my movements and breathing. It worked! Soon I was able to do the crow pose, headstand, chaturanga dandasana, wheel pose...even if only for a short while but at least better than nothing.

*chaturanga dandasana*

*wheel pose*

*crow pose*

I feel healthier, fitter, sleep better, am more aware of what I eat and feel calmer. Dont sweat the little things in life. Choose to take anything negative that happens in life as an experience rather than a regret. As long as you're happy and feel good about yourself, this will be noticed by others.

Thanks for reading my rantings (if you made it this far!).


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Flying On a Jet Plane

I love you can tell from my recent posts but this year all my trips have been wedding-related even if its for work or to just chill with mates. Always some wedding element in there. Kinda takes the adventure out of my trips and shopping ends up being tedious plus I get fatter cos of all the food I do not restrict myself from gorging on during these trips.

For the first month this year, in an attempt to save money and all that malarky, I'm not flying anywhere (or even shopping...*faint*) this month. RBA just had to advertise their $150 ticket to S'pore to try and tempt me recently (doesnt help that Dr A can now offer me free accommodation in S'pore). I shall stand firm. Instead The Boy and I are going for a pre-wedding trip to KK next month. In the meantime, my credit cards get a rest while I try to come up with the guest list for my wedding (its scary I tell ya).

My hen night's (weekend) in October....I cant wait!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Bali Retreat

Another destination I forgot to post up is Bali (even if I do go there for my honeymoon). There is a site offering a plethora of retreats in Bali which have totally caught my eye. By next year, I hope to be in good enough shape to be able to keep up with one of these classes and doing Bali in the atmosphere like below....I think you just cant beat it.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bitten by the Travel Bug

This year, I wanted to go to a couple of places but time, budget and wedding stuff has hampered me. As H and I discussed options for honeymoon destinations, my "places to visit" list also lengthened.

The initial proposal was NZ and Sydney but when we realised that if we wanted to visit Brisbane and Adelaide in Dec...we also realised our sisters wouldnt be around at that time so we'll probably go next year. Despite my preference for more 'adventurous' destinations like Morocco, South Africa or Turkey, I knew The Boy was more of a city type so HK + Taiwan came to mind. When we decided that we would be spending CNY in Taiwan next year with another couple, we came to the conclusion that the best honeymoon for us after a stressful wedding would be somewhere relaxing. I shall write about that another time but in the meantime, these are my "must" holiday destinations for next year before I have kids and blow up into a big balloon (if I should be so lucky)

Firstly, Taiwan....planning to spend a week here during CNY basically just pigging out. Cant wait!

Secondly, Australia namely Brisbane, Adelaide and, good food, (good potential of) free accommodation, fun company....looking forward to it. Planning to do this when my sis comes back from UK for summer hols.



Sydney (as if you wouldnt know from the Opera House *wink*

I've had my eye on seeing Angkor Wat since last year when LM went with her posse and after I had visited the splendid Borobudur. I've heard so many good things...I dont want to put it off any longer!

So that's my intended travel plans for next year. I cant wait!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


I'm still here :)

Blogging and scrapping hav taken a backseat for now while wedding plans and health plans roll into play....oh not to mention all the travelling.

Since March, I've been to KK, Singapore, KL, Hong Kong and next week KL. Enough!! So tiring...actually more expensive...all this travelling. I love it but time to save for the wedding!! The next thing u know i'll be on a plane again...hehe.

Contracts have been signed at work...meetings in and out, crazy fun times with new and old colleagues and friends. If you have my facebook, you'll know what I've been up to. Its been fun.

Healthwise this new job has been good for me too. Less stressful, shorter working hours, more time for exercise (together) and destressing. In addition to yoga, I now go hiking once or twice a week with colleagues

As for wedding plans...well, they're chugging along. I'm just happy to have the major issues such as venue, photographer, photoshoot, dress, shoes, make up artist, hair stylist, decor, flowers, etc out of the way. We take our pre-weds next week and I hope it can turn out as nice as this

(I'm a sucker for sunsets)

Thankfully my cheongsam is done and I've just bought a gorgeous white gown in HK. My mum is willing to lend me her 'qua' which is great money-saving news. One of our suppliers is gonna help sort out my close toe shoes (cos we're supposed to wear close toe shoes when we leave our house).

The next big headache will come in the form of the guest list and arguing with my mother over how traditional we're going to be for the wedding. Oh plus room renovation *groan*

Oh my 2 sisters are back from UK and Oz and by Friday, my bro will be back from Shanghai. A rare occasion it is when the whole family is back together again even if for a short time. Hopefully we'll squeeze in a family photoshoot before I go off to KL!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I'm Alive!!

Its been so long and I still havent scrapped. I've realised the wedding is now only 6 months away *gulp* and I take one of my first steps to feeling like a bride when I check out which gowns to wear this weekend to use for my photoshoot in July. Will be great having some girlfriends commenting and helping me choose.

I've been leaving the country about once a month since February....personal trips or getaways. There have been and will be more new things in store for me in 2009. I'm still at my (now not so) new job. Not tempted to go back to private practice for the moment.

I'd like to share with u all what has been keeping me zen tho....

FYI these are not me and the only pose I can do so far without help is the 1st one. I feel fitter than I have in ages and healthier. Even considering attending some yoga workshops....but is 6 mths away...YIKES!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


.....was our 3 year anniversary.....

we both forgot :P

Monday, March 16, 2009

I'm Alive!!

He first had cancer at the age of 26 and it came back in 2002. Despite fighting valiantly for the sake of his family, 3 years ago on 13th March, my dad had a stroke and was admitted into hospital. He was in there for 3 weeks before he passed away in his sleep on 5th April 2006. He was and still is the bravest man I know. The amount of suffering he endured over the years is a testament to the great man he was. I still miss him everyday. This is one of the few family photos we took where all of us are in it. That was more than 5 years ago...

If it wasnt for how strong my father was facing his battle with cancer, there is no way I would have been as strong for myself when I was diagnosed in 2003. So to all of you out there who know or have been affected directly or indirectly by cancer, its time to stand up to it....dont let it get the better of you.

After 15 years, I've now gone back to yoga, feeling much better than I have in a contributing to charity through the hobby of baking trying to see as much of the world as I possibly can despite such obstacles as money and leave....hopefully will start a family soon....there is a lot more to life, its up to you to make the most of it.

6 years on after my operation, I'm still learning, I'm still trying

Monday, February 23, 2009

February Bits n Bobs

(1) It meant my 2nd month at the new job. Still liking it and the new colleagues that I have. Slowly filling my room and table with junk....hehe. So glad I no longer have to go down 2 flights of stairs for a cuppa or to use the loo. My office is ensuite and the printers and water dispenser are just outside my room.

(2) V-day meant cooking a new dish instead of going out and joining the masses staring into each other's eyes in a room full of couples. Roasted lamb leg. My new favourite home cooked dish. Hate cleaning the oven tho.

(3) 2 days after V-day I got my present. The Boy made me feel bad the whole weekend thinking he hadnt bought me anything after I'd slaved away in the kitchen cooking our weird combo of lamb leg, mashed potato, wine infused gravy, teriyaki salmon fish head, sweet corn soup, roasted asparagus and carrots. Tada!! The most expensive pen I'll ever own....
Mont Blanc Starwalker Doue. Catridge costs $10 so I'm using it sparingly...:p

(4)Huge mistake going down to Miri without a copy of my car's magically disappeared from the car. Had to turn back to KB and get it faxed over to EK's office...I kid u not. TWO WHOLE HOURS that could have been spent touring the new expanded Parksons....tsk tsk. Still managed to get some new workclothes.

(5) I have successfully managed to NOT shop for any new clothes or accessories all month....until #4 above...shucks!! But 3 tops and a skirt for under RM200 is a steal right?

(6) I've re-discovered my talent(?!?) for baking. No breads or pineapple tarts for me this time. Keeping it simple. See previous post.

(7) I scrapped....only a little....dont get too excited. It was a couple of cards. Speaking of scrapping. I really need to collect my stuff from Jazz :p

(8) My sister ends her 3+ month holiday back home...she leaves on Friday. I've hardly seen her tho...haha cos we're with our other halves most of the time. But I paid for her hair treatment and expensive high tea yday....she is going to miss having an older sister pay for stuff (and I never even had the priviledge)

(9) I bought 3 plane tickets for myself (and a few more for others) this month alone for travel in March, May and July. I dont know why I've been itching to fly. Its as if someone has chained me and I need to escape. Worst decision now is having to decide between Nepal and HK cos I can only afford one. I havent been back to see my HK family in 8 years and my cousin has offered to bring me to Macau, Disneyland and Shenzhen....oh so tempting cos I havent been to those places. Oh not to mention eat my heart out...all this before I take pre-wed shots. Hmm....

(10) My wedding is approaching 9 months away....YIKES!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sorry Peeps!!

Hope I didnt scare most of you with the title and think that I'm retiring from scrapbooking!! Haha! I've been busy baking actually. I'm helping my sister out to raise money for a charitable cause. The details can be found at The trend now is of course, cupcakes and I can make what I call baby or medium sized ones but I dub them "adult cupcakes" cos they're just basic simple cupcakes rich in flavour and less sweet than most of those out there at the moment. It started as a baking exercise to make people happy but I've had good feedback so when my sister told me about her cause, I decided to raise some money with it.

I'm quite flexible in letting people choose the flavours they want with whatever toppings they choose. So far I've made carrot & walnut with cream cheese icing, chocolate with cream cheese icing, chocolate with fudge icing, midori lime cupcakes (topping contains alcohol), red velvet cupcakes, chocolate or vanilla with pink sugar icing (a hit with the kids but personally too sweet for me). Those of you who have me on Facebook may have seen the pics. Below are the baby carrot & walnut and chocolate ones with cream cheese icing. I made those for my CNY open house which was a very last minute affair. They're going for $25 for a box of 36 baby or 25 medi.

Another thing I have to strongly apologise for is the promise of RAKs and fabric yoyo's to those of you. Please do remind me and send me ur address if I owe u a RAK. They're packed up and waiting to be sent to u. I'm taking baby steps to recover from my long break from scrapping. I'll be starting by restocking up my supply of ready made little cards and tags this Friday with Foxyzzz so wish me luck!

On another note, as I now realise my wedding is 10 months away (YIKES!!) I've been scheduling in my travel plans for the year (thank god we have so many Monday holidays) and of course my budget. There is also the dreaded "losing weight" issue that every bride has to deal with too. Cue my initiative to start jogging after work, dragging myself to yoga/pilates classes and re-starting my latin dance classes. *fingers crossed* I lose the 3/4kg I aim to lose before pre-wed pics are due to be taken in July.

So its time for me to get back to work. I hope u've all had a great Valentine's last weekend and are looking forward to a long weekend that starts soon. I'll up date on what the Boy got me next time round. I've been asked to insure it. LOL!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Gong Xi Fa Cai!!

To those who still keep in touch with this blog....


I'm enjoying my work and its keeping me busy in a good way. My hiatus from scrapping is still ongoing and there is just so much the beginning of this year with CNY, Valentines and wedding research and planning...hope u have all have a great long weekend with lots of happiness and prosperity coming your way!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

An update

I've been busy learning the ropes at the new job and trying to sort out my sleeping hours so that I can get into work before 8am (for a nice parking spot). Am unofficially taking a break from scrapping etc for now. Its fun...mad but fun...lets see what the rest of the month brings me!