Friday, December 28, 2012

Festive Goodies

Christmas has come and gone now! How was Christmas for everyone? Mine was fine, no snow no nothing though since it doesn’t snow here, at least not apart from the mountains. I do prefer summer over winter anyway so I’m quite happy with a warm Christmas either way!

I had an awesome time shopping for gifts, and then along the way finding things I liked and gifting myself… There were sales everywhere, not only for potential gifts but also for festive treats to make Christmas sweeter! *yes pun intended*

We went into Happy Lab to look at some chocolate and were quite pleased with the service received from the staff As we were browsing through the jellybean section, the saleslady offered us some samples of any jellybeans we wanted to try before purchasing. We didn’t buy them though but it was good to be able to test-taste before making a purchase. I think I tried the butterscotch flavour or something – can’t really remember now. We got some chocolate from there because I like their chocolate!

Belgian pure milk chocolate and White with chocolate chips~

My sister also introduced me to this strawberry-flavoured-cream-covered-in-rainbow-sprinkles-biscuit called Hundreds & Thousands. Not sure why though. Must be the hundreds and thousands of rainbow sprinkles on top of the pink cream.

Packaging is quite pretty, pink with a cute teddy! But really, I’d pick a prettier name for it though. Something like say, Rainbows & Strawberries. I know, I’m so original!

Here we have the sprinkled, pink biscuits.

Because store-bought chocolate and rainbow-strawberry-biscuits aren’t enough, we had to also take a day to bake some sugar cookies. In Disney and Sanrio character-form!

All moulded and ready to be put into the oven. Look, these are so cute! I thoroughly enjoyed moulding the dough into little faces. It is my favourite part.

Fresh out from the oven!

Christmas cookies all done! They taste pretty good too *pat on the back*

With all the festive goodies and gifts, Christmas was good. I was really excited on Boxing Day when we were all unwrapping our presents and able to see everyone’s faces light up at their presents. It was also a time to remember that amidst all the presents, God had given us the greatest present years ago. And that He will continue blessing us abundantly with more, as though Christmas wasn’t enough

Christmas at Melbourne city this year~

And so with that, 2012 is coming to an end; we have all survived it and will move on to 2013 soon~ It will be again another exciting year I believe I will be viewing the fireworks in the city on New Year’s Eve for the first time. I'm looking forward to it, though I can just imagine having to jostle through the crowds and to hold on tight and avoid getting lost I hope you all have a wonderful countdown to 2013!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Rhythm in the Rain

We sit side by side in silence, basking in the presence of each other. The rain starts falling all around us, first gently bouncing off the roof and then without warning lashing at the windows in torrents. It is cold and loud. You give me a little squeeze and instantly a wave of warmth envelops me. I look up and smile and the storm’s rave drowns out in the gentle look on your face. Then in a split-second, you decide to pull a silly expression just to make me laugh and it works, because I am caught off-guard and I start giggling and I make a face back at you. We keep laughing for a while before we notice the dreaded lights and faint voices coming our way. You beckon me to be silent and quickly pull me away from the windows and we duck, just so the tips of our heads can barely be seen. You swiftly and silently crawl into the small cramped space, body twisted in strange places, just so you can make enough space for the both of us to fit. You comment in amusement that you are doing yoga and I am now staring directly at your foot and I think to myself how your foot looks so much bigger than my face and somehow the thought escapes into the semi-darkness and we find ourselves beginning to chuckle; only you manage to control your laugh faster and think to hastily cup your hand over my mouth to stifle mine. We huddle together for a bit, anxiously waiting for it to be safe. The rhythm of our heartbeats and breathing is still rising and falling in unison. We don’t need words to know whatever that is lurking outside can only do so much, so long as we have each other inside.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Spring + Fashion

Hello everyone~ It's springtime here in Melbourne
Pardon my limp hair in the photo. It was a rather cold spring day at the time, and it was drizzling and the wind was messing with my hair Somehow it looks like this photo was taken in autumn instead haha. Oh well. Melbourne and its infamous erratic weather

I'm sorry I haven't been posting in such a very long time. I am well into my examination period and I have two more papers left to go. Argh. It is stressful. I feel like I'm going to explode and die

What I enjoy about spring here is the Melbourne Cup event. No, I don't watch it. But I really like the spring racing fashion that girls (and guys) would don during this week and attend the event in. I think it also coincides with Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. It's awesome If only the weather permitted us to wear spring fashion all year round...

First up! Cute hats!

More pretty hats~

The dresses~ Oh look how sweet are the dresses!

Yeap. So I de-stress by ogling at Spring Fashion dresses. Haha.

Okay now I really must get back to my studying...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Today is my birthday~

I officially turn one year older today! Not sure if this warrants a 'Yay'. Hmm. Perhaps, if you're into growing up and that sort of thing.

I was asked to throw a party, but well, I don’t know... I have nothing against parties really but then the thought of all that tiny details and logistics and administrative stuff that goes into planning parties pretty much put me off. Personally I do also prefer to interact with people on a more intimate basis, as in like I wouldn’t like to be flitting around attending to everything all around the room because it feels almost half-hearted, like I’ll stop and talk to you for five minutes and then I have to run off to talk to someone else for five minutes and run off and cut the cake in the next five minutes and then remember I have to run off and take out the jellies in the next five minutes... But that's just me Of course this is not to insult anyone else who enjoy hosting parties. Neither am I trying to say that parties are shallow that would be quite wrong! Some people just are better suited as hosts and the concern about hosting is probably only applicable to me and possibly 0.5% of the world’s population (I can’t count). I suppose I’m just not confident in my ability to be a good host Oh but that being said, I enjoy attending parties so invite me please thank you very much

At the same time I gave some thought into birthdays and parties and the meaning of a birthday party; I'm ashamed I do this in my free time I concluded it was like a sort of celebration to honour the person in question. But why would I want to throw a party and honour myself for turning one year older, or for my birth or existence; it wasn’t like I worked hard and achieved that! If I wanted to honour someone for that it would probably have to be my parents and especially to Mum for labour pains...

Then last night as I was speaking to my HPBSCMIMA (sorry inside joke), his subtle chiding brought to my attention the plight of the less fortunate children around the world who aren’t privileged enough to even reach the age of 16, let alone comfortably reach adulthood. Here I was complaining about aging when someone across the world from me didn’t even know if she could see tomorrow

Life is a privilege. And birthdays celebrate just that. Birthdays celebrate God, and His creation, and His mercies, and all the storms He carries you through and in spite of all the pain and misery and tears you are still here, and alive, and strong. And today I am thankful and appreciative of all the wonderful people around me and the many things I have and do not have and know that whatever life throws at me I am ready to dodge, retaliate and defend because I know that God knows and that in the end it will all be good.

At least, I think I’m sort of prepared. Or maybe not quite. Hmm…

But yeah. Today I am happy because once upon a time I wasn’t and in the darkness I discovered more of God’s love and how He is in control especially when we don't know where we're going and we don’t know what we want. Seriously. We don’t. Half the time we don’t know what we’re asking for.

Okay sorry I'm lost I don’t know where I’m going with this anymore haha

Well Today is my birthday, and I am incredibly blessed, incredibly thankful, and incredibly happy.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


"So, having found a lady, could you not have come to her aid, or left her alone? Why drag her into your foolishness?"

"Love," he explained.

She looked at him with eyes the blue of the sky. "I hope you choke on it," she said, flatly.


Monday, October 1, 2012


Hi all! As you would have already noticed, I have put up a new header! Yay! The last header was designed with inspiration from Japanese Gyaru ギャル fashion, hence all the sparkles and diamonds and little deco bits This new one was designed with a Vintage theme in mind, but then halfway through I decided to also incorporate little elements of Japanese and Korean cutesy stuff as well. I know I'm so Asian/fobby! I can't go long without my favourite Hello Kitty!

I haven't been up to much, sadly. Apart from hanging out with my favourite people over a day or two I didn't get round to doing the revision I planned to either. I woke up yesterday and realised that my one week break was over. Just like that! And then it's back to school...

I did go shopping though! Stopped by the newly-opened Daiso with the family! I love the sweet pinkness that greets me every time I step into the store. Makes me happy!

This mechanical pencil immediately caught my eye because of all that sparkly packaging! Look at all those jewels~ Yes I bought it because it is so pretty. And also for use in school, of course

I also got this set of cutlery for lunches in school! And no, it is not only for Ages 3 to 5. My sister checked. Just in case anyone is alarmed.

Look! They even have pink cotton buds! Contrast with the normal white one at the bottom. Cute!

Yummy Asian snacks! Butter cookies, gummy candy and Tako chips. We had more snacks before... and then I got hungry

Anyway, Happy October everyone! Spring is here and that means summer will be soon!