1. First day of March 2014

    I haven’t been blogging for quite some time but today is a meaningful day to pen down my thoughts.

    I am officially unemployed. I quit my 7 months job in HSBC and am waiting to embark on a new journey with another company. Super psyched about the new job and the upcoming Bali trip with le boyfriend and friends. March 2014 is going to be a good good month.

    Anyway, I woke up this Saturday morning feeling nothing spectacular but my day went from normal to amazing. Started off with a Japanese buffet lunch with friends in Momoya, a quiet coffee date with le boyfriend in Loysel’s Toy followed by my niece’s 3rd birthday dinner. Everything was so good because my boyfriend was being silly and sweet to me the whole of today. But what made the day amazing is the fact that I know HE might truly be the one for me. How I felt that he understands what I am going through and I felt so touched seeing him defending me against my mom. I always thought it was me against the world, but I am so glad to have him by my side now. I love you so much B! xx

     

  2. Blueberry Muffin for 1 by joyceyvonna!

     
     

  3. My life in visuals.

     


  4. Quote of the day

    "We don’t live once but instead we live everyday and die once."

     

  5. Meals Under 15 Minutes

    I made a simple pizza for brunch today using a whole-meal wrap! Simply put whatever toppings you like on the wrap and heat it up in the pan and viola! A delicious thin-crust pizza in less than 15 minutes!

     

  6. Gonna head out for my mom’s 55th birthday dinner! 

     


  7. What Love Should Feel Like

    "Love should feel like a clear night. A slight breeze reminds you of the unknown as you look up at sparkling stars and unending darkness. You’ll realize every answer is really a guess and every fact was once fiction and that you are just beginning to learn about love, along with everyone else."

     

  8. It was not easy being together for 41 months (and counting) and we have experienced our fair share of ups and downs. I thank you for being there for me, supporting me (in your own ways) during this phase of my life where I struggle to find and secure a job in this competitive job market. Lastly, thank you for loving me and putting up with my nonsensical rubbish every month. xx

     


  9. 3 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young

    When you get older, life seems to just sort of happen to you. Your youth is a time of total empowerment. You get to do what you want.

    But as you mature and gain new responsibilities, you have to be very intentional about making sure you don’t lose sight of what’s important.

    So if you still have a reasonable amount of control over your circumstances, you should do what really matters. Because life won’t always be just about you.

    During early adulthood, your worldview is still being formed. It’s important to steward this time — to give yourself opportunities to grow. A good way to do that is to travel.

    So, young person, travel. Travel wide and far. Travel boldly. Travel with full abandon.

    You will regret few risks you take when it comes to this. I promise you that. There are three reasons to travel while you’re young:

    1. Traveling teaches you to live an adventure

    When you look back on your life, you will have moments of which you are proud and maybe a few you regret. It’s likely that the following won’t be on the latter list:

    • Bicycled across the Golden Gate Bridge.
    • Appeared on Italian TV.
    • Hiked a Mayan ruin.
    • Learned Spanish in three months.
    • Toured Europe by train.

    They’re not on mine (fun fact: I’ve done all of the above). So what, then, will be? What choices will you regret making? Holding back. Being afraid. Making excuses. Not taking more risks. Waiting.

    While you’re young, you should travel. You should take the time to see the world and taste the fullness of life. It’s worth whatever investment or money or sacrifice of time that may be required on your part.

    This is not about being a tourist. It’s about experiencing true risk and adventure so you don’t have to live in fear for the rest of your life.

    2. Traveling helps you encounter compassion

    In your youth, you will make choices that will define you. The disciplines you begin now will be with you for the rest of your life.

    Traveling will change you like little else can. It will put you in places that will force you to care for issues that are bigger than you.

    If you go to southeast Asia, you may encounter the slave trade. If eastern Europe, you may see the effects of genocide and religious persecution. If Haiti, you’ll witness the the ugly side Western paternalism.

    Your heart will break.

    You will begin to understand that the world is both a big and small place. You will have a new-found respect for the pain and suffering that over half of the world takes for granted on a daily basis.

    And you will feel more connected to your fellow human beings in a deep and lasting way. You will learn to care.

    3. Traveling allows you to get some culture

    While you’re still young, you should get cultured. Get to know the world and the magnificent people that fill it. There’s nothing quite like walking alongside the Colosseum or seeing Michelangelo’s David in person.

    I can describe the city of San Juan and its amazing beaches and historic sites to you, but you really have to see it for yourself to experience it. You can read all the books in the world about the Great Wall of China or The Louvre, but being there is a different story.

    The world is a stunning place, full of outstanding works of art. See it. Do this while you’re still young. Do not squander the time. You will never have it again.

    You have a crucial opportunity to invest in the next season of your life now. Whatever you sow, you will eventually reap. Please. For your sake, dothisBecause you won’t always be young. And life won’t always be just about you.

    So travel. Experience the world for all it’s worth. Become a person of culture, adventure, and compassion.

    “What if I’m not young?”

    Travel, anyway. It may not be easy to do, but find a way to get out of your comfort zone. It’s really never too late.

    But if you haven’t gotten sucked into the routine of life yet, I implore you — travel. It will never be easier than it is right now for you to do that which really matters.

    - by Jeff Goins from Goinswriter

     


  10. “Il n’est pas certain que tout soit incertain.”

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    I spent the last few hours reading through my old forsaken blogs… I had my first blog when I was 13 and have been blogging (on and off!) for the last decade. So much has changed in the last 4 years, I felt like it was the turning point of my life. I grew from a teenager to a young adult with different dreams and goals now compared to the past. 

    So here I am, I have moved out of the house I called home for the last 22 years and I completed my 15 years of education and obtained a Bachelors degree. Approaching the next phase of life, adulthood, with a sense of uncertainty and fear.

     

  11. A short getaway to Gold Coast, Australia for my dearest sister’s pre-wedding party. Too bad we didn’t get to spend more time at the famous Surfer’s Paradise beach because it was less than 20°C every day! Winter in Gold Coast is not exactly a brilliant idea… 

     


  12. Continue to dream… and travel.

    "On the days I feel particularly awful, I think of Thailand and India and Hawaii and a backpack and a travel guide and a hand to hold and the dream of continuing to have dreams. How important that is, I think. To continue to dream. Because to dream is to not give up. To dream is to commit to being alive."

     


  13. Love makes everything better.

    "When we focus on the love we have — the love for friends, the love for family, the love for our neighborhood — everything seems brighter. Everything is more in focus, tastes better, sounds more pleasant. It’s like when you’ve lived in a city so long that you’ve completely forgotten all the beautiful monuments and awesome restaurants which are right within walking distance of your place. Then a friend comes along and you show them around, noticing as you go how wonderful everything is, and how easily you forget it. All it takes is focusing on one bit of love in your life and you’ll realize just how surrounded by it you are. Even those birds over there love you, but mostly because you have crackers."

     


  14. Recipe sharing

    Tried baking some scones last Sunday and I really love the outcome of this simple recipe! :)

     

  15. midweek lunch.