Wednesday, December 31, 2014

#heygratitude - last installment

final installment of me being grateful / thankful for the whole of December with a pic (and/or video) a day...

On the 21st day of December:

am thankful to be served by excellent waiter and waitress on the Royal Carribean cruise, Alfeo and Qing Ling, who made all our dinner time so enjoyable and full of laughter despite the food being so-so-so only.... 

On the 22nd day of December:

am thankful to be served by a hairdresser in a neighborhood salon who gave me a powerful head massage that was omg so shiok!!!!.... best part was hubby paid for it... 

once in a blue moon of great hair day... =D 

On the 23rd day of December:

am grateful to have colleagues who work well and play even better together... hee... we saved "Cuddle" within the limit of 45 minutes.... even more proud was that it was the first attempt at escape games for most of us too... 

On the 24th day of December:

mum is happy with the service and aid she is getting at ktph... am grateful to the nurses who make mum happy... =) 

On the 25th day of December:

am thankful for "Night @ the Museum" for lifting up my spirit in this trying times.... 

though i still prefer the very first one where the idea of museum artifacts coming alive at night was brand new.... the first is usually the best!!!

On the 26th day of December:

am grateful to have Jess as my insurance agent... one who remembers my goody preference and sent me a 2015 diary as year end pressie for use in school... =) ... 

and on this day, i also received the CD containing our photography shoots from Lumiere Photography which she's the 'sponsor' of ... =)

On the 27th day of December:

am so thankful that mum is cleared of TB.... was so worried when she was transferred to the isolation ward shortly after her admission as doctor suspected that she might be having TB.... 

On the 28th day of December:

thankful for having a PTL who makes an effort to initiates meet-ups every now and then.... 

On the 29th day of December:

it's the first day in the new school and am thankful to see 4 familiar faces... school-mates from JC, ex-colleague from TGPS & JPS and course-mate from ATPP... =) ... 

On the 30th day of December:

though the 9 hours of onsponge training arranged by the math department over 1.5 days was super draining, i am thankful for it as it reminded me how good i am at solving upper primary math problem sums.... wahahahhaa.... it also reminded me that i need to be more active in seeking out one tuition kid this year so that it helps me to practice and retain my knowledge for the upper primary math and science content.... 

On the last day of December:

thankful for this #heygratitude challenge that fellow councillor (@zareldagoh) launched.... it opened my heart and mind to all the things and people that i would have taken granted for.... indeed, the conscious effort of looking at situations, things and people with gratitude make me realised that i am indeed blessed in many many ways.... 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Stock-take 2014

with reference to my list of resolutions crafted at the beginning of this year:

1) Yes, I am still happily married to Mr Ang
How can i not be happy when Mr Ang still:

- puts me as his priority
- puts driving me to school as his resolution for 2015 
- luvs me for who i am
- luvs me in the manner i like 
- is very patience with my nonsense, attitude and nagging 
- does most of the household chores 
- cut down on his weekend tuition so that we can spend more time to go for brunch, go on dates or simply just to nua at home sweet home together.... =) 
2) Hmmm, we did try to maintain our once a term chua family outing (on top of all the meet-ups for food).... but ah, the 2 still studying As are a hell lot busier than the 3 working adults at home la.... i dun rem being so busy as a student lo... not even when i was in uni....and i was travelling quite a bit also in June (to US) and in Sept (to BKK) ... heee... so i'm proud to say we hit 50% of our target... oopx!!! 

December - Royal Caribbean cruise to KL

3) I did enjoy my 60% art timetable as it is the first year that i am teaching P2, P3, P5 and P6 art.... it was great fun testing out my art curriculum myself, making plenty of adjustments along the way, adding lots of other ideas picked up from FB articles (I luv FB).... hahahaha

but at the same time, i was rather stressed up with 40% of my timetable teaching my form class math. I had the tendency to lean towards completing all my math marking first before spending any extra time after that to reflect and improve on my art lessons.... as a result, i clocked 12 hours shift of work on at least 80% of the work year.... which was ridiculous for a person like me la... no like OT... =S 

4) suppose to exercise a little more (din happen at all) .... eat, snack and bubble tea a lot lesser (sort of).... i try to abstain from rice (carbo) during dinner, have lesser fast food.... compared to my younger days on having chips and twisties on almost a weekly basis (daily basis during exam period), i think i am doing pretty good in this area with chips only once a month?!?!?!.... cutting down on bubble-tea-ing is a little more difficult though... especially when i am addicted to the passion fruit green tea with aiyu from woobee which is just next to hougang mall.... to compensate for this, i am having it at 25% sugar level only ... =) 

5) this is the year with lots of overseas trip
.... happiness max!!! 

Feb - Maldive with Mr Ang

June - USA: Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Sans Francisco with Joyce, Kim & Casper 

Sept - Thailand: Bangkok with Wai Yee and Li Ling 

Dec - Royal Caribean cruise with Mr Ang, Alfred & Alvin 

6) wanted to spend some time learning and improving my photography skill... signed up for a 6 sessions workshop with STAR only to have it cancelled...why?!?!?!?!... 

at least i took my first step in getting my first ever "DSLR" - Pen Lite E6 and even brought it along for my US trip... played around with only the basic modes though... taking photos that met my expectation = zero..... quite guilty of not being more adventurous with it or did any homework on using it to its best potential.... will try to work harder at improving my photography skill (soon) ... =P

(7) target was to be involved in 2xCIP in addition to the 2 hours of CIP for staff at Sree Narayanan Home in June... =)

but only managed to clock one....
volunteered at  Singapore Christian Home, an old folk's home in Woodlands, in April with Mr Ang and Charlene... celebrated the April's 'babies' hatchday, did some paper plate craft and played some simple passing games with the folks... 

in return, the coordinator gave each of us a mini-diy-thank you tag as a form of appreciation.... so sweet of her.... 

(8) first blood donation of the year was in March and the second one in December... target hit!!!... Yeah!!!

(9) Yes... after 7 years of short hair, i am finally back to my long mane days.... but felt cheated la.... website said that to get 10 inches of mane, most ppl will need 6 - 9 months.... i think my last hair cut was in dec 2013 lo and now my mane is only about 6 inches from the rubber band la... which means i will need to keep them for another year before i can donate my ponytail to be made into a wig for the chemo patient...... i think Mr Ang will go nuts soon... he hates my long hair.... especially those on the floor.... =P  

(10) blog readership is still hovering around 300++ per day... have been a lazy blogger.... blog entries were 30% lesser  than last year.... actually, this is the second consecutive drop somemore lo... but if xiaxue's accusation of gushcloud is true, my blog stats is considered better than some of the famous bloggers liao oh...wahahahaha.... 

(11) made an effort to connect face-to-face with all these wonderful people in my life at least once this year... even happier is that most were more than once oh... =) 

Adv Dip pals (2013):
Angie+1, Felicia, Fid, Sherine, Pauline and Anisah

2013 P1 teachers:
ErniRaihanah, Li Ling, Kuga, Samantha and Caroline 

2012 P1 teachers: 
Xiao Mei, Aqidah, Ai Mei, Hui Miin and Raihanah

JPS art department (2011) 
Aster, Mdm Zakiah and Ain

 with my 2nd batch of modern jazz dancers (2010):
Chee En, Jaslyn & Natasha 

NIE pals (2005):
with Mab

with Michelle 

with claire

met up with laurice too but why no picture de???

SmartLab pals (2003): 
Joyce, Seeling, Uncle Yew Cheong

NTU FYP pals (2002):
Vivian & Xin Ying 

CJC 24th Student Councillors (1998) & +1:
Charles, James, Yei Mun+1, Crystin, Catherine and Eric+1

CJC 2S7 classmates (1998):
Dominic, Zhi Xiang, Lawrence, Liza, Vivian, Meixiang, Aneurin and Bernard

RSS schoolmates (1995):
Xiuting, Chun Yang+1, Yuan+1, Siew Mei+1

(12) just 1 letter away from completing my Singapore's A to Z blog challenge... missing in action - letter X... initial plan was for it to be Xmas countdown @ zouk but plan was cancelled as mum got admitted into ktph on xmas eve.... so now, anybody wanna plan a game @ Xcape??? jio me k??? heee.... 

on the whole, i feel that 2014 was a great year... deserve a 4.5* out of 5... =D 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hatchday celebration (7) - super late with with PTL

It has been a tradition to chop each other's carrot for birthday treats.... so even though my birthday is in October and it has been more than a term since we both meet up, this Dec 2014 Xmas meet up was still treated as my birthday treat..... dosen matter that it was 2 months late.... =D

the oh so cute cuppucino from spruce's barrister 

happi face prawn breakfast set for him

and mine...mega luv the sunny-side-up from spruce.... always cooked to perfection.... not too watery, not too cooked..... yummmmzzzz  max.... 

with the PTL who is always busy and who is always LATE!!!! 

xmas pressie...=) 
谢谢 lo!!! 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

of playnation & escape room with 2012 P1 chers

our love affair with playnation began in nov 2012

then one more time in nov 2013

and the 3rd instalment in nov this year... erni wasn't able to join us due to her shingles.... =S 

luv the spacious room with the beanbags... =D 

had so much fun playing the silly rabbit game till our hands were aching lo.... 

but we shall carry on this tradition year after year till we can no longer shake our arms vigorously okay?!?!?!?!.... wahahahaha

we had so much fun together that we just had to meet up for another round just before school reopens... =) 

off we went to Roomraider @ Orchard Central...
We challenged the "Where's Cuddles" room which has a difficulty level of 4/5

and succeeded...woohoo!!!!

 impt tips for this room: go with someone who is good at listening to notes.... thanks Hui Miin & Xiao Mei

wefie while queuing for llao llao....

verdict: I still prefer yumi yoghurt.... cheap and yummy!!!

PS: Raihanah, i luv ur camera phone!!! 

see all of u next holiday!!!

adv dip BBQ@ Pauline's

view of the compound from the BBQ pit 
mega luv the pool.... it's huge and super swim-able with separate sections for water play and Jacuzzi.... envy seh!!!

the expert fire starters busy at work... =) 

Pauline's signature dish - Potato Salad 

sesame sauce as salad dressing which all of us went crazy over it... =) 

there were also satay, beef chop, otahs etc etc.... 

Pauline is really a very experienced BBQ host, on top of all the yummy food she had prepared and ordered, she even prepared desserts.... clap clap clap clap!!!!

coco chips heated over the flame as choc fondue dip  

more treats... Anisah brought mango, peach, durian and strawberry strudel from ritz.... 

and Rafidah brought mini hole-less doughnuts

Tricia presented Auntie Pauline with a box of choc for the BBQ invitation... =) 

pressies exchange time   

we drew lots and; 

Team Anisah receiving from Team Angie 

Angie from moi 

moi from Pauline

Much thanks for the gifts and sweet note... hugs!!!

Pauline from Sherine

Sherine from Fee

Fee from Fid

And finally, Fid from Anisah 

cheers to a Merry Xmas & a Happy New Year and to more gatherings!!! ... =) 

ending off the great evening with tons of sparklers fun... =)