Goodbye 2006, Hello 2007!

It is that time of the year again.

As I prepare to bid a final farewell to 2006, I look back and muse over this past year.

With each passing of the last twelve months, I felt myself shed away the 'baby-ness' in me layer by layer - sometimes willingly and
others, not quite willingly. Being 24, I no longer hear exclamations of what a young babe I am. And perhaps, it is by this ageing number that I find myself in a slight rush to take on more adult responsibilities and carve something out for myself that I can truly be proud of.

I am proud that I have been able to stop myself from getting lost in the clockwork motion of life and that I have been able to consistently check if I am moving forward everyday and not stalling.

I left the world of flying (goodbye blue skies and beautiful cities, sights and sounds) because I felt stagnated, and because I have seen what the world out there had to offer. I hungered for a bigger piece of the pie. There are things to be missed about flying, but I am never one to believe in looking back.

I delved head-on into the financial market in search of my money seed to plant. To date, I am still unsure if I have found that golden seed....but I'll give myself some more time.

However, on this still very short yet rather turbulent journey, I see more bits of this universe and even more faces of people. And this, has put myself in many quiet moments where I question myself about life, myself and such. I struggle to find that optimum balance in my life as I pendular across the fine lines of contentment/discontentment, happiness/unhappiness, needs/greed and being real/plastic.

I am still bopping and bouncing. Hopefully soon, I'll find that balanced gravity that will hold me centered. =) I am optimistic.

2006 also opened a new creativity door for me and prodded me down a fresh, exciting road - my Musical Journey. Through the right movements of the planetary stars, my music producer Jack and I crossed paths. He has been a motivator, teacher and most importantly believer. I have at times tortured him with my warbling vocals and not so perfect tunes, but yet he pushes me on. I constantly seek for new inspirations to write my songs and work on tuning my vocals. I know that soon, 我們的合作會擦出火花. I am excited!

In 2007, I hope to elevate what I've started off in 2006 to another higher level. I hope to stay even more focused in my dreams and aspirations, to inch a step closer towards my optimal balance in life and most importantly, to enjoy the simplicities of everyday with a genuine twinkling smile plastered on my face. =)

To end, I would like to thank these people who have made my 2006 a rather beautiful one! haha, I sound like I am receiving the oscars or something! ......

- mummy dearest, who has showered me with her unfailing love, patience and devotion.
- daddy, who has all his life worked so hard to provide us with the best.
- che, who has not only been a sister, but also a friend.
- mr lion, for all our good, happy play times, for being my support, pillar of strength, inspiration and steadfast emergency call number.
- elaine, for your sweetness, girly listening ear and believing.
- jack, for this opportunity. i will not let you down!

....and to all my lovely friends there who have put a smile on my face, shared my tears and laughter and made my 2006 complete. I LOVE you All!! -xoxo-



It's Deadly...

Gaaaaaaaa!!! Ms Ene's 'forgetful' virus has spread to the next room!!!


I forgot my mobile today.....

...*strums fingers* its kinda quiet...dum dee dum...

read about ms ene's contagious deadly virus here --> phoneless-ness


Pre-Christmas Cheers!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope all you guys have had enough meat and sweets to last a year. :) I did!!

My Christmas celebrations started on Friday at the boy's sister's dinner party. Food and sweets galore! They prepared a wonderful yummy Christmas spread. Mmm...

Oh! I have to add that the boy and I rushed to Takashimaya after my work-day ended (before his sister's dinner party) to look for a gift for Glenda and Mark. I got them something nice for their new home and had a slight run-in with the 'wrapping paper' girl. In the spirit of Christmas, I am not going to mention what happened...but it really seems like that girl may get like 10 cents for every wrapper she helps Takashimay to save! Or maybe she was angry and disgruntled that she had to work near christmas - when everyone around her were shopping and enjoying the Christmas cheer. Sheesh! I am going to boycott Takashimaya till the end of the year! *fumes*

It was wonderful catching up with the girls again at Glenda and Mark's place. More sweets there, after an already very filling dinner. :) Everytime I'm with them (namely Glenda, Kabita, Rachel, Za...Val's missing!) I feel transported back to my IJ days. They are hilariously funny. Za performed for us her 'fit her entire fist into the mouth' act. I was bending double from laughing way too hard. Haha! She for one has really flexible limbs! She would put a contortionist to shame. Heeeeeee......

Me and my best-est friend, Glenda. =)

I had a very nice afternoon tea session with Elaine on Saturday at Goodwood Park Hotel. I love those little finger sandwiches with soft white bread! Not to mention - scones and strawberryjam (my ALL time fav.) and their entire spread of cakes, chocolate fruit fondue...we ate till we could eat no more... Elaine got me a really funky top and an even funkier necklace. :) Thanks dearie! I luve them!


I'm Talking Again

I haven't been too talkative on my blog of late. I realise I swing into 'i feel like writing' and 'i really don't feel like writing' moods. (hmm, that sounds a bit duh..haha)

Quite a bit have been happening of late, and I'm definitely lacking in sleep! Somone give me 48 hours a day please.....

Work of course takes up 3/4 of my every-days. I'm surprised at myself that I still manage to drag myself out of bed at 6am every morning and into the office by 7.30am. Am usually left with only a quarter of battery life in me after work at 6pm...despite already downing tonnnsss of coffee. I'm a caffeine addict! I lurve it how my limbs spasm and shiver so uncontrollably...yeah right.

Anyways, work is looking brighter everyday as I grasp and slowly become more confident in what I do. Stress level has definitely droopped a notch..hmm...or is that because of the christmassy/holiday mood lingering in the air? :)

Well, I'm done with christmas shopping! Guess that's something to cheer about. :) Have to admit (rather sheepishly) that my christmas present shopping list has shrunk quite a bit... sorry guys! I'm getting a tad lazy!! *hee

Ohh...there was quite a bit of drama at my home yesterday. Probably because we lie on lower ground, many areas around us were flooded!

The road leading to my home was flooded and at least 10 cars were stalled. Policemen and good samaritans were all helping to push those cars to our lane. Must say our little lane looked quite like a car garage showroom. :) To the car owners who can't claim insurance as the flood was an 'act of God', I empatise with you...

Have to add that I was quite impressed and proud of how we Singaporeans helped each other out during such a 'calamity'. My neighbour very sweetly prepared hot tea and snacks for the stalled car-owners and those around them, and we had some tow-truck drivers buying hot coffee for the freezing rain-soaked policemen. Very sweet and heart-warming. :)

Flood outside my home... Highest rainfall level ever recorded in 75 years, over a span of 24 hours!

Recently, I recorded 2 of my demo songs that I wrote, complete with lyrics. Not terribly pleased with the result yet, but will keep working hard. It's still a rough demo for now anyways. My music producer have been extremely helpful and patient with me. Thank you!! :)

Producer hard at work in the studio.

I realised that I have a lot of December babies around me. It's nice turning older at a slightly slower rate ain't it?

I have a sudden urge to start running. I went for my yoga class yesterday (after a no-show for 3 weeks)..and I almost collapsed! As I contorted my slightly less flexible limbs than usual and stretched my stamina, it dawned on me that my body is not as nimble anymore....j'neen is getting old!!! ahhhh! Maybe it's time to hit the gym?

I leave myself with that thought...time to go check out gym memberships....Hmm...


'Tis the Season!

'Tis the season to be jolly~ birthday celebrations, wedding celebrations, christmas celebrations .... I've already celebrated 4 birthdays and 3 weddings to date (since the start of December!). Looking forward to more... Let's pop the bubblies everyone - CHEERS! ;)

...and guess who's birthday it is today?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAI! He's 1 year old today! :)

Pictures from Mummy's birthday. - It was nice to see her smile so!


Bad Service (No Service) on our Sunny Island

I have had a couple of rantings from some friends of their encounters with the lack of service recently. It's my turn to rant...

I am pissed off! I was getting noodles (the greasy breakfast type with fried eggs, luncheon meat and the works) just and was queuing patiently in line when I got the bloody ah-lian aunty shouting at me the next minute:-

"You want to buy or not, if not i take order from the one behind you!"

"Excuse me?!" I am utterly flabbergasted. Did she just scream down my neck - her CUSTOMER? Or have times changed so much that customers have to be polite and take crap from sellers now?!?!

Maybe I wasn't paying attention, but I definitely did not notice her trying to catch my eye to take my order, nor did she even try beckoning to me! arghhhhhh!

I have to admit that I was too shell-shocked to retort..although I now have a stomachful of biting words I should have hit back then. (as usual, I'm too meek...)

Please everyone..even if she bloody sells the World's best kway teow, bee hoon or whatever... STOP buying from her!!! That will teach her for being so darn freaking cocky. I hope her stupid stall goes bankrupt from her bad service and she ends up on the streets. (ok, i'm slight exagerrating here..but she doesn't deserve to be in business!!!!)

**** her stall is on Level 2 of Golden Shoe Food Centre, 2nd last row from the end.
Store name: 天福米粉 (Tian Fu Mee Fen)
She's a short-haired old ah-lian aunty trying to be hip and beautiful. Sheesh!! *fumes*

Where's the service Singapore??


Sandy's Birthday Clicks

These photos were taken at Sandy's birthday karaoke session. Kinda miss hanging with these girls on the plane, japan and the rest. :)


Blinding Faith

too BIG dreams...

for little me.

will my glory day...ever come?


Love-ly Popiahs

My grandparents recalled us to their place for a dose of their homemade popiah today. I zoomed over with eager anticipation of a gastronomique delight. Definitely a huge delight it was! As we laughed at each other's 'exploding' popiahs - bursting at its skins, choked full of ingredients crafted from love, I couldn't help but have a sinking feeling (as I look upon them ageing before my eyes) that there will come a day when I won't be getting anymore popiah recalls. I savoured every last bit and did a silent prayer that I'll be having these popiahs for many, ga-zillion more years.

my cute grandparents!...

...a part of me

I looked through some of my past works sitting on my easel this evening. It has been a really long time since I've worked on something - painting, drawing or photography... I miss that part of myself, where I used to be a lot more creative.

Here are some of my works:-

A piece done using colour pencils.

A piece done with markers. (marker rendering technique)

Photography: Elizabeth's Pet Dog

Photography: Elizabeth's Pet Cat

Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates

I found this little article that I wrote about myself ..hmm..2 years ago? :D (click on the image to enlarge and read!)

this is elaine (right)...she who got me the sunflower and cookies. :)

Random Photos...yes, i want a holiday!!

18 more days to Christmas! (bring on the
gingerbread men!!)

I'm getting cross-eyes trying to put these few photos up. They are not in the positions I want. I think they've got minds of their own. grrr....

p.s the sepia coloured photo - doesn't it look so Wong Kar Wai? *hee*

Contented / Discontented

I spoke to a friend who experienced the life of a singpost courier yesterday. What struck me was, he told me that they only make $900 a month. Many are supporting families on this pittance sum. They have to think doubly hard to treat themselves to a 80 cents coffee (whilst i guzzle my starbucks latte) and choose plain prata over roti john. Some days pass with them only drinking plain water...all because 'it's ok if i don't eat, but my family have to eat'.

Makes me re-think the things that I usually take for granted.


Gut Feels

how do you know if maybe you really aren't suited for something?
despite assurances from the outside that you are fitting right in.
....maybe deep down, you really do just know.


ChildAid 2006

The boy and I caught ChildAid 2006 last night. It was a show put up by Singapore's best and talented children and teens (in aid of Straits Times's school pocket money fund). We were completely blown away. They are truly a talented bunch of twinkies! There were ballerinas, hip-hop dancers, violinists, drummers, singers...

I was so amazed by their stage-confidence- no one made a single mistake with their performances!!! And most of all, their musical abilities. If I had watched the show with my eyes blind-folded, I would never have guessed they were kids.

There was a teeny boy, (probably like 5 years or something) who really stood out during the group hip-hop dance act. He was so into it and was really a natural. The boy remarked that a true talent can be spotted a mile away...even in the midst of the already very talented. (did i make sense there? haha)

I have to add that there was a violin piece put up by a pair of siblings. They reminded us of the Adam's Family because the piece they performed was somewhat, erm, freakish, dark and melancholic. Haha. We could almost imagine them cutting up their parents with the violin music playing in the background...opps!!

For those who missed the concert you can go to http://www.stomp.com.sg/stompcast and watch some of their amazing performances.