Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bye bye .... 2016

It's end of the year again... and one of the things that I like most during this period of time is to do an annual stock - take of my life and see how many items on my check-list did I achieved as set in the beginning of the year 2016 and how many items were 'forgotten'....

(1) Stay loving as Mr & Mrs Ang

had a simple celebration for our 5th wedding anniversary and survived another year of happiness, love and sweetness as Mr and Mrs Ang...

to add some spice to our simple marriage life, i launched the 'Happi Wife, Happi Angs' monthly date-day that cannot just involve food and/or exercise ... =P ... i am a demanding wife that isn't satisfied with just couple time over food and exercise which we are already having.... =P

till date: we had been to;

> Lee Kong Chain Natural History Museum in September

> Halloween Horror Night @ USS in October

> Zouk run + staycation @ Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in November

really am a happi wife who has events/activities to look forward to every month... =D

(2) Chua holiday/outing trip once a year

had multiple dinners together but were really difficult to have full attendance at outings with Alfred attending course in Navy school, Angela doing free lance work that tends to take up her weekend and Alvin in NS, so we made do with -1, -2 and even -3 outings.....

we attended Night Festival in August, Halloween Horror Night at USS and Halloween Walk at Woodgrove in October... we also had 2 chuas' holiday this year... we did a bangkok trip in June and a Hanoi trip in Dec... =D

icing on the cake... we had our family photos taken 2 weeks ago... it was a funny session with hilarious costumes..... cant wait to receive the pics... =D 

(3) Ang outing once a year

plenty of Angs' makan sessions with every Angs included and a mini scale outing that had the senior and junior Angs at Cloud Forest @ Gardens by the Bay after a dim sum lunch... =D

(4) Enjoy my part-time work status

did a semester of flexi-adjunct teaching with my favourite boss and enjoyed myself quite a lot... no need to attend any meeting, no need to be involved in any committee work, prepared science games & activities for the P1s, had a small class of 7 for P1 English and a full class of 30 for P1 math ...

then things happened and i found myself back to full time teaching by semester 2... back to 100% art teaching load, super manageable timetable, worked under an energetic and competent aesthetic head whom let me buy whatever is needed for my art lessons, let me go for my art courses, had a super bubbly reporting officer whom I can communicate well with and super gentle school leaders, colleagues are super nice and friendly too....

so overall, i would say i had a great year at work.... 误打误撞, 捡到宝了.... wahahahahaha

(5) make full use of true fitness gym membership

except for term 4 where i was really sickly, i managed to clock at least one session of either body attack class or a 3km run and/or walk on the treadmill every week.... am super proud of myself for still using my gym membership after 1.75 years.... wahahahaha...

and Mr Ang bought me a bicycle so that we can go cycling together too and we just had our first ride to Popeye at Punggol Promanade to load back the calories burnt during the ride.... =P 

Luv the retro feel of the bike, the basket, the metal wheel plate... though i do feel a teeny weeny bit of a clown when other bikers dressed in their professional bike attire zoomed pass me in their 'more professional' bicycles... =P 

(6) lots of oversea trips

(i) Seoul with Mr Ang, 洪爸爸 and 洪妈妈

(ii) Penang with Lene and Wai Yee
(iii) Bangkok with Mr Ang, 蔡 mummy and Alfred

(iv) Penang with Liza and Meixiang

(v) Hanoi with Mr Ang, 蔡 mummy and Angela
a total of 5 trips.... Happiness...

(7) Improve on my art mastery

nopx, did not happen...but did 2 oil pastel artworks by following youtube video tutorials ... heee.... am back to attending art workshop conducted by STAR to up my teaching pedagogies which i luv luv...

signed up for a free online course, Modern Art & Ideas from The Museum of Modern Art via COURSERA.... it was a 5 weeks course that takes up about an hour per week.... well, din complete it cos it was so boring... wahahahaha... and totally lack the self-discipline to 'attend' the online lectures and to complete the quizzes etc... =P

attended 2 craft workshops though.... a leather workshop with Lene and a polymer clay workshop with Agnes where we learnt to make a polymer clay macaroon bracelet... =D 

(8) Do more volunteering and do random kind acts

been super lazy and had super no initiative to look and go for any volunteering program.... thankfully, i had mx who roped me in her endless list of volunteering events every now and then....

(i) chaperone for Agnes and monetary donor for Hair for Hope

(ii) donated 15 packs of 5kg rice for low income families via Project Me (米)

(iii) wrote postcards to children with critical illness to brighten their day

(iv) 'saved' 4 tourists from distress by giving them 2 huge recycled bags when their luggage was overweight

(9) Donate blood

na.... the only time when i finally remembered and made an effort to the blood bank... it was closed.... argh.... shame on me... =S

(10) Continue to meet up with friends i love and who love me...

yes yes yes... plenty of meet-ups this year.... and re-connected with a few more this year too... luv luv... =)

(11) Get inked - minimalist style

was so close to getting it done.... went for consultation...paid deposit but couldn't go ahead with it just because i have stubbornly insist that the wrist is the only place when my tattoo is gonna be inked at yet i still cant find something suitable to 'camou' the tattoo with comfortably when i am in school...

(12) Be an amazing art teacher and decorate my art room in style

hmmmm...... collected lots of ideas.... prepared a few sketches but nope.... din get down to create any of them..... =P

(13) Stay positive every day

i think i did or at least for 95% of the days..... not very difficult for 2016 because things went on rather well this year... i am indeed blessed with nice people around me... =*

Friends meet up 2016

as the years go by, we make more friends, we have more work-related stuff to look into, we have new priorities and obligations in life hence i find that committing one's time to meet up with friends from all over to be increasing difficult as we age.... 

so i am extremely thankful for all these friends who makes the effort and heart to remain in contact or to re-connect in 2016... 

the adv dippies @ a?edge exhibition in Sota to celebrate Anisah's proud moment of having her iconic artwork being selected for moe art teacher recruitment ad..... 

NIE pals who meet up rather regularly for teaching 'exchange' and 'critical thinking games' but who will only take pics when everyone is dressed up and has make-up on.... making Mab's wedding in July into an no excuse to reject taking pic & must take at least a thousand pics event .... wahahahaha

my favourite art department babes who went through crazy years together to bring art enjoyment to all our kids... =D 

adding on to more experiences & memories together since 1995

the group that 逃学 and 翘课 together back in JC.... oopx....

Jasmine, my primary school classmate, saw me alighting from the train and fb messaged me... and i took the opportunity to initiate a dinner date a week later which she readily accepted... the last time we met was more than 18 years ago.... time really flies and i am so so so excited to see her and to be re-connected ...

first knew Jess when i was 19 ... we had met at cwp when she approached me to do a saving survey and eventually taught me how to start saving for my future... thank you for all the advice and for being so diligent in doing follow-up with such a non-responsive client... =P

my PTL since JC days.... thanks for always initiating meet-ups but no thanks to always cheating my $$$ at the mahjong table... =P 

our 5th annual together since 2012... have upgraded from shaking it out @ Playnation to just sit & chat session... heee.... congrats HM once more and see everyone again next year ... hopefully can squeeze in a mini one in March 2017 when HM pops ... =) 

with friends from my 1st official job for dinner @ Soup restaurant Paragon... so glad that Cheryl & Adele could join us this year and even Vincent popped by for a 10 minutes chat

SL Alumni is growing.... =P 

so so so lucky to bump into Samatha on the train too.... also a SL alumni and currently based in the UK .... All the best in your studies and your career as a radiologist ... =*

with my favourite librarian, Auntie Fei Mee, and Ain.... hijacked their date .. =P 

mini council gathering @ min hua's place on boxing day.... thanks for hosting us.... cya at home sweet home during cny 2017 ... =D

almost full attendance with new members for RSS gathering @ Chunyang's place on New Year's Eve ... =D


also much thanks to vivian, xinying, lina and yin siang for meeting up.... on my 2017 resolution list is to take pics with all of you next year... =P

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Xmas with the Angs & Tays 2015 & 2016

Xmas 2016 @ Kok Yong's & Yiling's place on 24 Dec 2016

candy cane colour xmas attire + $2.80 reindeer hair band from one of the accessory shops Citylink

Mr Ang making himself very comfortable at 洪大哥's place while waiting for 圣诞大餐 to be served.... =D 

It was potluck style and Mr Ang and I were in-charge of dessert... 

a log-cake from Prima Deli and a huge bowl of 蔡 mummy's bobo-chacha  

our first xmas exchange this year and with insider info, i gifted mummy Tay with these lighted letters which represents hers and daddy Tay's name together... so sweet hor?!?!?!?1

din buy wrapping paper so made the box and bow with construction paper.... 

happi Junior Angs with xmas gifts from Senior Angs 

pretty pretty collage by Yi Ling 

Xmas 2015 @ Kok Yong's & Yiling's place on 25 Dec 2015 
yes, i dug out the mini micky xmas hat that i gotten from Disney Sea Japan from 2007...=P 

was surprised to see so many presents.... erm... no info on gift exchange leh....  

super paiseh and happy to receive not one but 2 presents from kokyong and yiling.... thank you so much.... 
the double wall thermo glasses are perfect for our nightly horlick drink and the dragon playground rubber door stopper came in super handy for my art room door in school.... =* 

western style xmas feast

happy angs and tays on a happi xmas day!!! 

Food tasting for Kok Yong's & Yi Ling's wedding  on 12 Jan 2015

Friday, December 23, 2016

macaroon bracelet workshop with Agnes @ Aiclay

Thanks to Agnes' invitation, i got the chance to do some craft work this year.... =P  

we paid $150 each for a 4 hour private polymer clay workshop, all materials inclusive at Aiclay studio in Scape on 23 December where we made a macaroon bracelet each... =) 

Jocelyn, the owner of Aiclay who happens to share the same wedding anniversary as Mr Ang & I, was so sweet to gift Agnes with a box of real macaroons as visual aids so that we could observe the nitty gritty details of the macaroons ... =) 

so many colours of polymer clay to choose from.... luv luv ... 

i have always enjoyed doing miniature craft + it was xmas season + wanting to support local crafter + Jocelyn was such an inspiring entrepreneur  + there was a good discount on Aiclay's Pocket Kitchen diy set = I am the proud owner of one set of this.. =D

this diy kit was assembled by Jocelyn with tools that she had designed and sourced from all over the world and there was even a fund raising campaign via Indiegogo

best part is that this diy kit comes with 12 online tutorials that teaches how to make each and every one of these delicacies below.... 

(pics from Aiclay/Indiegogo)

but i dun wanna make them alone.... so artsy friends, do join me if you are interested k??? we can have a craft gathering at home sweet home in hougang yeah?!?!?!... =D 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ang's Makan Sessions 2016

Yi Ling's job confirmation celebration + Kok Yong & Dominic's hatchdays @ Tunglok Xihe Peking Duck restaurant at Orchard Central 

the 招牌 dish

luv luv the crisy duck skin which is further 'crispified' with dipping it into popping candy .... so innovative.... i like.... 

luv luv the chestnut Mille Crêpes from Mdm M too.... yummmzzzz

Popped outside Orchard Central to enjoy the pretty pretty Xmas lightnings to end the night... =) 


Hubby Ang's hatchday + Papa Ang's hatchday + Mother's Day celebration at Grand Dragon Phoenix restaurant @ Temasek Club

there were sharkfin and mango sago too but all gobbled down before anyone had the chance to remember to take a pic of them... wahahahahahaha....  
Reunion Dinner on 6 Feb 2016 @ Hong Jia