Update


I've been staring at the Post Title space for eons now and have no idea what to write in it (Update? / It's been a while? / Hello?). I can't fathom where I am now in life at the moment and it's starting to freak me out a little. Just a little. I'm excited (about something, which I can't talk about yet) but it is also starting to wear me down physically and mentally (and maybe also emotionally). It really is not far off to say that I'm living day to day at the moment. 

I also wonder how many people chance by this tiny, tiny piece of space in the web (if you've come by, please say hi!). 

Side thought: Even if no one comes by anymore, this would really be a good place to pen my thoughts I suppose!  

So really, to break it down, since October 2011 (or when I've stopped actively posting photos):-

Oct 2011 - After moving back from the UK, Nick and I went straight to Busan, South Korea for a work exhibition. I think there was kimchi involved but I developed the worst stomach flu I've ever had in my entire life (complete with fever and aches and all). It lasted for the full 5 days that we were there. I tried to self-medicate but I think the stomach flu itself affected me so badly that it ended up in a horrible IBS-related thing that I've been through even up till now (more details on that later. o.0)

2012 - Mostly throwing ourselves into work, purchased a new factory in Singapore which had to be entirely torn down and renovated (which took up all of 2013). 

Feb 2012 (6th February) - Nick and I got engaged! (: Coincidentally, it was Chap Goh Mei (or the Lantern Festival) on that day - which is Valentine's Day for Chinese people or also the last day of Chinese New Year. It was meant to be an auspicious date for us so I guess that means something? (I don't really understand the date - auspicious things, I just follow along with what the elders in my family say!)

Rest of 2012 - Planned for a wedding (also insane) and a major work exhibition. Honestly though, I felt the wedding planning wasn't too insane. It is overwhelming to see sooooooooooo many vendors for dresses, shoes, venues, photography but I felt the point that I focused on was quality (from the vendor) and the fact that I knew exactly what I wanted in terms of everything else. I stuck to the general theme of: classy, gold (and warm neutral colours) and simple and that made everything so much simpler. 

December (7th December)  - Nick and I got married! December is usually the rainy season and we were so worried it would chuck on us and it was grey and pretty threatening outside but the whole day went without hiccups (or rain) and yeah, we were super tired at the end of the day (our day started at half 5 in the morning, or rather, 4 because I couldn't sleep a wink! and ended at 2am the next day). We stayed 2 glorious nights at our hotel, which was beautiful and rested up well. I've married the man God chose for me. 

January 2013 - Not our honeymoon yet! But we went away on a work trip/ holiday to the US with Nick's parents and spent a good 2 weeks there. We did the same NCL cruise around Hawaii that I did with my own folks in 2010 (for the holiday part) and it was a glorious time eating loads, snorkeling, road-tripping to Haleakala National Park and around the other islands in Hawaii. It was so good to relax! 

May 2013 - Finally! Our honeymoon! (Though we had a major domestic while in the beautiful New York City :() We flew to London, drove to Southampton (on that same day, at night!), took a trans-Atlantic cruise to New York. Stayed in New York for a week (which was beautiful!), flew back to London, stayed a couple of days in London to catch up on shopping and with friends and then flew back home. Loved every minute (even when we fought!) 

Rest of 2013 - Working, mostly! Short trip to HK in October (loads of eating! and catching up with friends!) Getting the factory done up... and moving (December 2013) was insane! 

2014 - Settling into our new office, trying to get things underway and running smoothly!

March 2014 - Update on the IBS thing. It was horrible since end 2011, going into 2012, the whole of 2012 and then the whole of 2013. I tried everything, Chinese charcoal pills (Chinese medicine), Western anti-flatulence, anti-diarrhea pills, eating fruits, veg, drinking Yakult (probiotic drink). Nothing worked. I dreaded the car journeys to and back from work. I would have episodes of panic, cold sweat because we were stuck in jams and .... I had to go to the loo (sorry if this is TMI). So I went to a specialist for it and did several checkups and took her medication. I even did an endoscope and colonoscope (good grief) but she couldn't find anything (no bacteria? or anything that may cause IBS). So all I could do was manage my attacks as best as possible. I'm trying to manage it still but I always pray that my attacks don't hit when I'm on the road or in a difficult place. :( 

May 2014 (which brings us close to where we are now!) - Trip to the US / Japan (again work/holiday). Cruised a little which was amazing for sleep. Japan was interesting, had loads of strange food (moving fish on your plate anyone?) but good hosts! 

Where I am now - No Idea. Actually, I'm in Singapore now but as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I'm a little lost (just a little). So... hopefully in a couple of weeks/months, I'll slowly start finding myself again!

Lots of love, hugs and kisses. x o x o

(and yes, the title of the post is the boring 'Update'. blah. and i may post some pictures up relating to those major events that have occurred over the last 2 years!)

It's Been Forever

Wow. I haven't written in this little piece of internet space in like... forever. I just had the urge to write something, pen something down. I'm not even sure what will come of this. Perhaps, a few months (or years?!) down the road, I will look back at my posts and wonder what I was thinking. 

I haven't anything original to post, no new looks or photos. I know this is a little ridiculous but it HAS been a good whole year (and maybe 3 months). Nothing much has changed except I'm hoping to move into my own little pad by the middle of the year so I'm finding and pinning dream homes and dream rooms. 

Also, can I just say that I'm so uninspired lately. I don't feel like wearing anything special (except Singapore's uniform of a trusty pair of denim shorts and a grey tee). I really ought to dress up a little more. I did go for a couple of friend's weddings back in December (last year - 2013) so that did bring some of my dresses out of the dark but other than that, it's been my company's grey polo tee and jeans during the weekdays and the denim shorts and grey tee combo during the weekends. Someone, please kick start my fashion engine again. Send me links or pictures that inspire!

Signing off now (and hoping that I will be back with better posts soon). Better late than never you know! 

Leaving you with kisses x x and a few pictures of inspiration for the home. Have a lovely weekend! 


What Love is All About


Picked this up and thought it was lovely. So I'd shared it with you. I'm so loved up right now but the reason for that, -another time then. ♥

Original post here.

Love shouldn’t feel circumstantial. It shouldn’t feel as if I love you more than you love me or vice versa. There shouldn’t be conditions, levels or lesser degrees of love. If there are then whatever you’re feeling is something else. Maybe lust, maybe like, maybe comfort – but certainly not love. The effort shouldn’t be one-sided; all of the little things can’t come from one contributor; and if you hurt, your companion should as well.
Love shouldn’t make someone feel like a bother. We shouldn’t be able to empathize with a pesky gnat at a picnic, being shooed away. Love shouldn’t be treated like hard labor, and it shouldn’t feel like it either. It shouldn’t make us sad more often than happy, or lead to bad times outweighing the good.
Love shouldn’t consist of waiting around to hear from the person you care infinitely about. That’s the worst. Sitting by your phone, waiting on pins and needles for something – anything from them. The phone might vibrate, but it’s beyond disappointing when it turns out to be a text from somebody else. It aches your heart to know that they’re somewhere out there, completely unfazed by your absence. We can convince ourselves that the subpar phone service failed to deliver our lover’s text, or prevented their call – but we know the chances of that are slim. And sure, we could just contact them, but when you initiate conversations regularly, it’d be nice to have that attention reciprocated. Love shouldn’t feel like being wide-awake until 3am; wishing, hoping, praying for a measly phone call from the one you adore.
Love shouldn’t keep notes on every blunder ever made. When a mistake occurs, retaliation should never be a thought. The pain felt by your companion’s mistake shouldn’t make you want to get even. If you know how much it hurt you, why would you want the one you love to experience that same agony? Those feelings are poisonous. A desire to exact revenge or document every error is a surefire sign that you’re involved in something other than love. Instead you’ve got yourself a contaminated, breakable link that the Grim Reaper of Love is ominously stalking – preparing for its imminent death.
Love shouldn’t feel like uncertainty. It shouldn’t feel like a battle. It shouldn’t feel like a tug of war, with two people trying to make the other “love” them more. Maybe you’ve mistaken your physical infatuation, or crush at a time of vulnerability for love. Those things are flimsy. Those feelings are fragile. The first storm will either demolish those relationships, or leave enough water damage to rust and wither them away.
Love shouldn’t feel hopeless, because it’s never is. In love, a pair can be down, but never knocked out. Love should make all things possible, even if they aren’t necessarily looking good today.  If I love you and you love me,we will prevail – but if we don’t, we won’t. Love shouldn’t feel like we won’t. 

Little Miss Trouble



Nothing is ever as amazing as God and His Grace and His amazing timing. I met up with Janie yesterday and it was lovely having fellowship with her and blurting/ranting out things that have been weighing in my heart (and still are). But the second I got home and did my quiet time, this verse jumped out at me.

John 14:1

'Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me (Jesus).'

Elements


Is it just me or is Lindsey Stomp simply amazing. I love this video (and the rest of her videos as well!)

Suddenly this is THE soundtrack to listen to while churning out email replies at this unearthly hour. ♥